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 Gail Sterio from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Gail Sterio

Corporate Accountant

McDonald's

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  Gail Sterio
You need experience in the accounting function for this particular job, especially financial accounting. You have to be able to work closely with others in a team and within cross funtional teams. You need to be qualified as an accountant. and to have to have numerical skills.
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Realist?
Realist 
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Subject Choice influences on Career Path

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).

To view descriptions of each Leaving Cert subject, click here.

Justine McCosh Accountant  ESB 
Madeleine Tylicki Accounts Team Leader  Lidl 
Martin Dunn Activities Manager  Failte Ireland 
Julie Hegarty Advertising Manager  Lidl 
Jacinta Shinnick AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  Irish Tax Institute 
Jeanette Doonan AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  Irish Tax Institute 
David Clancy AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  Irish Tax Institute 
Carol Kehoe AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  Irish Tax Institute 
Daran Gibney AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  Irish Tax Institute 
Deirdre Kelleghan Amateur Astronomer  Smart Futures 
Keith Hayes Ambulance/Paramedic  Health Service Executive 
Dr Jan Steiner Anaesthetist  Health Service Executive 
Brian O'Connor Analytical Chemist  Smart Futures 
Marc Doyle Application Developer  Intel 
Ray Harli Architect  Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Jamie McCarthy-Fisher Art Studio Manager  Design & Crafts Council of Ireland 
Louis Harkin Assistant Commissioner  An Garda Síochána 
Dave McDonald Astronomer  Smart Futures 
Claire Hanrahan  Auditor  CRH plc 
Stephen Stapleton Business Advisor  Bank of Ireland 
Fintan O'Brien Business Analyst  Coillte 
Eduardo Macias Business Development  Hewlett-Packard 
Deirdre Lavelle Care Assistant   St. Michael's House 
Lydia Peppard Care Assistant  Health Service Executive 
Lisa Curry Catering Sales Executive   Failte Ireland 
David Kehoe Chef  Failte Ireland 
Colm Hofler Chemical Engineer  CRH plc 
Maria O'Neill Civil Engineer  STEPS 
Damien Dollard Clerical Officer  Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Liam Dowling Clinical Nurse Manager 2  St. Michael's House 
Ejiro O'Hare Stratton Clinical Nurse Manager 2  Health Service Executive 
Sarah Jane Higgins Compliance Manager  Lidl 
Louise Keane Compliance Manager  PharmaChemical Ireland 
Jason Ruane Computer Programmer  Intel 
John McDonagh Construction Manager  Lidl 
Peter LaComber Consulting Engineer  CRH plc 
Anne Nutley Contact Centre Agent  Bank of Ireland 
Gail Sterio Corporate Accountant  McDonald's 
Michelle Ryan Corporate Sales Manager  Failte Ireland 
Mariya Levchuk Crew Trainer  McDonald's 
Breda Wright Customer Care Manager  McDonald's 
Tracey Roche Design Engineer   Analog Devices 
Sinead Kenny Design Engineer  Smart Futures 
Frank Keenaghan Detective  An Garda Síochána 
John Traynor  Development Analyst  CRH plc 
Shane Callanan Electronic Engineer  Smart Futures 
Barry Duggan Electronic Engineer  Analog Devices 
Deborah Caffrey Electronic Engineer   Intel 
Denis Canty Electronic Engineer  STEPS 
Jonathan Pugsley Energy Manager  Sustainable Energy Authority 
Chloe Kinsella Engineer - Carbon  ESB 
James Ryan Engineer - Chemical  Coillte 
John Oliver Engineer - Development  Hewlett-Packard 
John Smith Engineer - Process  Intel 
Kerrie Horan Engineer - Process  Intel 
Marie O'Donovan Environmental Officer  CRH plc 
Luke Drea Event Rider  Teagasc 
Ann-Marie Holmes Factory Manager  Intel 
Kieran Magee Farm Manager - Dry Stock  Teagasc 
Bryan Daniels Farmer - Dairy  Teagasc 
Denis Reidy Farmer - Dairy  Teagasc 
Darren O'Reilly Financial Advisor  Accounting Technicans Ireland 
Declan Rice Firefighter  Local Government Management Services Board 
Brendan White Fish Filleter  Bord Iascaigh Mhara 
Alan O'Neill Fisherman  Bord Iascaigh Mhara 
Nicola O'Higgins Fishmonger  Bord Iascaigh Mhara 
Elaine Steiro Franchisee  McDonald's 
Brenda O Loughlin Franchisee  McDonald's 
Trevor Laffan Garda  An Garda Síochána 
Ronan Quinn Garda  An Garda Síochána 
Gail Smith Garda - Traffic Corps  An Garda Síochána 
Brian Howard Guidance Counsellor  Department of Education and Skills 
Mark O Loughlin Harvesting Forester  Coillte 
Sinead O'Hara Higher Executive Officer  Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Paul Dowling Horticulturist  Teagasc 
Liam Doyle Hotel Manager  Failte Ireland 
Sarah Lynch HR Business Partner   Bank of Ireland 
Julie Taggart HR Coordinator   Lidl 
Yvonne Brady HR Manager  Failte Ireland 
Paul Shortt Industrial Relations Officer  Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Fiona Coyle Ink Chemist  Hewlett-Packard 
Darryl Day IQ Engineer  Intel 
Lorraine O'Leary IT Support  Lidl 
Aoife Mc Dermott Lecturer  Department of Education and Skills 
Jonathan Smyth Library Assistant  Local Government Management Services Board 
Tom Tooher Lieutenant - Army  Defence Forces 
Oisin McGrath Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp  Defence Forces 
Gareth Burke Management Associate  Bank of Ireland 
Lynsey Gargan Manufacturing Engineer  STEPS 
Angie O'Keeffe Materials Engineer  Hewlett-Packard 
Natasha Ibanez  Mechanical Engineer  CRH plc 
Elaine McGarrigle Mechanical Engineer  CRH plc 
Damien Mason Mechanical Engineer  CRH plc 
Afra Ronayne Mechanical Engineer  ESB 
John Harding Mechanical Engineer  ESB 
Elva Bannon Mechatronic Engineer   Smart Futures 
Barry Kelly Merchandising Manager  Lidl 
Siobhan Canny Midwife  Health Service Executive 
Rose Griffin Network Technician  ESB 
Aoife Lyons Occupational Psychologist   Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Tomas Flanagan Occupational Therapist  St. Michael's House 
Marie Kinsella-White Operations Consultant  McDonald's 
Chris Bell Operations Manager  Lidl 
Linda Byrnes Pensions Administrator  Bank of Ireland 
Rachel Berry Pharmacist  Health Service Executive 
Caitriona Jackman Planetary Scientist  Smart Futures 
Ray Power Potter  Design & Crafts Council of Ireland 
Pat O'Connor Press Officer  Defence Forces 
Brian Cadigan Primary School Teacher  Department of Education and Skills 
Deirdre Sayers Primary School Teacher  Department of Education and Skills 
Margaret Donaghue Prison Officer  Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Paul Harding Prison Officer  Civil and Public Service Jobs 
Louise Mc Donald Private (Line)  Defence Forces 
Keith Lynch Private (Line)  Defence Forces 
Rebecca Tighe Process Engineer  Intel 
Val Gabriel Product Manager  Hewlett-Packard 
Paulina Pawlukojc Professional Forester  Coillte 
Matt Tighe Project Manager  Lidl 
Aoife Clarke Project Manager  Lidl 
Ivan Magee Property Manager  Lidl 
Elaine MacDonald Psychologist - Clinical  St. Michael's House 
Liam Casey Purchasing Manager  Lidl 
Michael Bohane QA Manager  PharmaChemical Ireland 
Fergus O'Connell Quality Officer  PharmaChemical Ireland 
Frank Morrison Recruitment Manager  Health Service Executive 
Paul Galvan Resource Teacher  Department of Education and Skills 
James Sheridan Restaurant Manager  Failte Ireland 
Lisa Berry Restaurant Manager  McDonald's 
Cosmin Tudor Restaurant Manager  McDonald's 
Darren Devine Sales Operations Executive  Lidl 
Lorraine Brophy Sales Operations Manager  Lidl 
Paul Meany School Principal  Department of Education and Skills 
James Stewart Science Communicator  Smart Futures 
Brian Macken Science Communicator  Smart Futures 
Brian Kelly Science Entrepreneur  PharmaChemical Ireland 
Cian O'Mahony Science Teacher  Smart Futures 
Conall O Máirtin Secondary School Teacher  Department of Education and Skills 
Mary Joyce Secondary School Teacher  Department of Education and Skills 
Catherine Day Secretary General  EU Careers 
John Kehoe Senior Manager - Audit  Deloitte 
Richard Storey Shift Manager  McDonald's 
Fortune Musasiwa Shift Running Manager  McDonald's 
Brendan Cavanagh Ships Engineer  Bord Iascaigh Mhara 
Liz O'Toole Skipper  Bord Iascaigh Mhara 
Noel O'Sullivan Skipper  Bord Iascaigh Mhara 
Naoise Pye Social Care Worker  St. Michael's House 
Mary Ita Heffernan Social Worker  Health Service Executive 
Karl Stanley Software Engineer  Smart Futures 
Orla Gallagher Spa Manager  Failte Ireland 
Lisa Kelly Speech and Language  Health Service Executive 


 

What they said...


Jason Ruane, Intel

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

In secondary school I took Physics and Chemistry since I loved science. I also took Business Organisation but that was for the life skills it teaches rather than an intrinsic desire. I would gladly have enjoyed doing all the science subjects, to the complete detriment of all others but in hind-sight I am glad I took a subject such as Biz. Org. as it gave a rounding aspect to my secondary schooling.

I would have liked to have done Technical Drawing possibly but had to make a choice. I was only mediocre in German and Irish but again am glad I did them for at least secondary school as it challenged me and I did not get too narrowly focused on the technical subjects (there was plenty of time for that in third-level). In hindsight I realise that Maths was more important than I imagined and the two science subjects stood me in good stead. The choices I made for the subject selection was made by my passion for the sciences. Luckily I was afforded this leeway as the points for my intended course were not particularly high at the time.