Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Marie Kinsella-White from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Marie Kinsella-White

Operations Consultant


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  Marie Kinsella-White
The job that I do is highly specialised and the skills that I am required to have to do my job can only be acquired in our restaurant. However, by taking a job in McDonald's you are opening a career path to use those skills anywhere - the skills you acquire are very transferable. It doesn’t matter where you start, the opportunities are there.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Skillnets is a state funded, enterprise-led support body dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of training and upskilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland's national competitiveness. It supports and funds networks of enterprises to engage in training under the Training Networks Programme (TNP). 

Training is provided to job-seekers, alongside those in employment. By training with people who are in employment, job-seekers can access networking opportunities and keep up to date with their sector, while participating in relevant industry-specific training programmes.

To check details of available Skillnets training click here

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Please note: Unemployed trainees cannot be paid any training-related allowance by a Skillnets network, a member company or a referral agency eg. SOLAS or Local Employment Services.

  Hint: Intel
Intel actively promotes training and development as a core part of my job role. I find myself in a classroom almost every week! I currently have plans to complete a project management course to aid in my current role.
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