What do todays workers say about the subjects they chose when they did their Leaving Cert (or equivalent exam)?
By clicking on the job titles from the list of interviews below (approx 150), you will be able to read what each person answered to the question "What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?" You can sort the list by clicking on the column titles (Sort by Title / Sort by Employer).
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Sinead O'Hara, Civil and Public Service Jobs
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I knew by the time I started studying for the Leaving Cert, that I did not want to work in an area related to the Sciences so accordingly, I did not take up any of the science subjects.
I focused on languages, business and history as I had a good idea that I would eventually study and subsequently work in one of these areas, they being the subjects I was most interested in at school.
I proceeded to study history and politics at college. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do after, but enjoyed reading and learning about these subjects, and had a desire to work in a related area, if possible.
Personally, I have no regrets with my study choices. I enjoyed studying them, which I think is a vital factor, and I think they helped me entering the Civil Service, and continue to do so in terms of the fact that I have some understanding of the mechanics of the governmental and public system, even if it is often quite theoretical!