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Richard Storey, Shift Manager
Richard Storey is a Shift Manager working with McDonalds in the Navan Road. Following his Leaving Cert he embarked on a two year Sports Therapy course. McDonalds have sent him on a number of management courses and he plans to take some additional courses this year to enhance his management skills.
In school I studied the basic subjects, English, Irish, Maths. I also took French Physics and Biology. These subjects stood to me in my course choice as Biology is essential in understanding how the body works when undertaking a fitness course. As we have come into difficult times recently people have zipped up their pockets and are not renewing their gym memberships, therefore leaving me struggling to obtain a job in this industry. If I could change anything I would have opted for a trade in carpentry or an electrician.
Secondary education. Junior and Leaving Cert. Third Level. Two year course in Sports Therapy studying a range of subjects including: Fitness Instruction, Fitness Studio Teaching, Personal Training, Sports Therapy, Aromatherapy Holisic Massage and Stability Ball training .
I have upskilled by taking part in management courses to help with my management skills and training. I plan on undertaking further courses this year to expand my management knowledge.
English Physics and Maths would help with my job as they allow you to think logically as a manager and figure out a problem which may arise on your shift.