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|Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).|
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Elaine Steiro, Franchisee
Elaine is an Owner Operator of two McDonald's stores, one in Dundalk and the other in Monaghan. She went to Grange Community College in Donaghmede, and followed this with an Art and Design course in Colaiste Dhulaigh. She decided against an art and design career and instead chose to work in McDonald's full time. With that experience, she decided to become a Franchisee - a risky decision that allowed her to be her own boss and follow her own directions.
I went to Grange Community College in Donaghmede, where I completed the leaving cert. Then I completed a PLC Art & Design Course in Colaiste Dhulaigh.
Secondary school was the best experience as it taught me to work with groups, understand how to adapt to one other and more diverse opinions.
This has helped me no end, as I still deal with new opinions & different types of people daily .
No, not at the moment, however, I wouldn't rule it out. I have an interest in the accountancy and taxation side of our business.
I took Art, Spanish, Business Studies & Home Economics.
I would say that they really didn't influence my career path, however, I did learn from my extra curricular activities that I liked working in groups and I could see how hard work paid off and was very fulfilling.
I would say that I would have liked more guidance and should have asked for more direction from people who could have pointed out my strengths to me earlier...