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Lisa Berry, Restaurant Manager
Lisa Berry is a Restaurant Manager with McDonalds Ireland having started as a Trainee Manager in 2000. She is responsible for all aspects of running the restaurant and enjoys the variety, challenge and responsibility that this gives her. She is currently completing a HETAC Level 6 qualification in conjunction with McDonalds and National College Ireland in First-Line Management.
Honestly, I was not all that school focused, I didn't really know what I wanted to do after I finished school.
I completed school in 1994 and most of my courses have been management development courses through the various companies I have worked for.
In hindsight I would have applied myself more in school and once I had realised that I enjoyed management and working with people I should have studied in this field.
I am lucky in that I have the opportunity now to have my work based experience recognised with the course I am doing through McDonald's and NCI that will result in a degree for me in the future.
Most importantly I have been allowed to learn and train on the job. The skills I have learnt I believe are skills for life and are transferable to any other management based job.
I am currently completing a HETAC Level 6 qualification in conjunction with McDonald's and National College Ireland in First-Line Management.