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.
Linda Byrnes, Bank of Ireland
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I studied the required subjects of Maths, English and Irish, and then opted for Accountancy, Home Economics, French and Biology. I tried to choose subjects that I found interesting and would enjoy.
I chose French because I loved the language. After my Leaving Cert I then went on to study the Business Studies with French course in UL. This course had obvious career implications. I majored in Risk Management and Insurance and stayed on in the Insurance industry upon graduating by accepting a job with New Ireland Assurance.
I suppose the most important thing to remember is that although subject / course choices can influence your career direction; they are not the be all and end all.
There are so many avenues that students can go down after they leave school / college, the qualification is a starting point to get your first job and then the world is your oyster!