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Having a European language would help you considerably in this career. Irish should also not be ruled out as an option as this is considered as a second language.
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Elaine Steiro, Franchisee
Elaine is an Owner Operator of two McDonald's stores, one in Dundalk and the other in Monaghan. She went to Grange Community College in Donaghmede, and followed this with an Art and Design course in Colaiste Dhulaigh. She decided against an art and design career and instead chose to work in McDonald's full time. With that experience, she decided to become a Franchisee - a risky decision that allowed her to be her own boss and follow her own directions.
I went to Grange Community College in Donaghmede, where I completed the leaving cert. Then I completed a PLC Art & Design Course in Colaiste Dhulaigh.
Secondary school was the best experience as it taught me to work with groups, understand how to adapt to one other and more diverse opinions.
This has helped me no end, as I still deal with new opinions & different types of people daily .
No, not at the moment, however, I wouldn't rule it out. I have an interest in the accountancy and taxation side of our business.
I took Art, Spanish, Business Studies & Home Economics.
I would say that they really didn't influence my career path, however, I did learn from my extra curricular activities that I liked working in groups and I could see how hard work paid off and was very fulfilling.
I would say that I would have liked more guidance and should have asked for more direction from people who could have pointed out my strengths to me earlier...