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Brenda O Loughlin, Franchisee
Brenda O'Loughlin is a McDonald's Franchisee. When she finished her Leaving Certificate, she went on to do the Accounting Technicians course in Rathmines. During her last year in college she was offered a temporary job in Citibank, which she instantly loved and she remained there for the next 18 years. Her Banking experience gave her the skills she needed to start working for herself.
I chose business studies and accountancy while at school and immediately after school I did an accountants technicians course. Accountancy was a good choice for me and added to the experience I gained while working for Citibank, I am comfortable completing my companies P&L's, managing my cash flows and planning financials for the future. Did I choose well as a student? Luckily yes.
I went to the Community School in Cabinteely and besides the mandatory and business subjects, I took Geography and French. I also completed an Accounting Technicians course in the College of Further Education in Rathmines.
I completed a number of courses in the bank such as Internal Control, Personal Development, Managing for Break Through Performance and Giving Performance Appraisals.
Since starting in this business with McDonald's I have taken courses in Floor Control, Shift Management, Food Safety, First Aid, Presentation Skills, Business Controls, Hospitality, Business and Restaurant Leadership.
I'm always open to further training and would do any course that becomes available to me.
I think you can take something from any course you attend. The courses run and provided by McDonald's Restaurants of Ireland are particularly relevant for running a successful restaurant.