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English - Irish - Maths - French - Economics - Geography – Physics; I took 7 subjects for my Leaving Certificate.
I didn't really have any idea of what I wanted to do after school so I kept my options open by taking a science subject, a business subject and a language.
In hindsight, that was not the best decision I have ever made as it turns out I hated Physics and wasn't that good at it either.
I decided to go down the Business Studies route after that so if I had to do it all again I would probably take Accounting or a business type subject and keep focused on one thing, instead of a bit of everything.
I completed my Junior Certificate (1994) and Leaving Certificate (1997) in St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney.
I then went on to do a BA in Economics and Sociology in UCD.
After traveling for a year in Australia I entered the workplace. It was during my first three months in Bank of Ireland that I decided to return to college by night and do a BA in HRM in the National College of Ireland.
I completed a BA in HRM in the National College of Ireland. This was extremely helpful as I can see the theory that I learnt throughout the course put into practice in my workplace.
I have also completed numerous interviewing skills courses over the last number of years as part of my development in this role. These have been really beneficial as there is always something else to learn - even though I have completed hundreds of interviews at this stage.
I would like to do a Masters in HR at some stage in the future but that is a few years away.
It's not easy to study and work full-time and you need to be 100% committed. At the moment I don’t think I could guarantee that commitment!