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I was unsure in school what career path I wanted to follow. It is very difficult at such a young age to know what career you want for certain. My advice and what I did was take a good variety of subjects so that I had options and could apply for a wide variety of college courses.
I completed my Leaving Cert and was offered a place in DIT Cathal Brugha Street studying a BSc in Hospitality Management.
Of course the Leaving Certficate is extremely important and a necessity today for any job or any course. The course in Cathal Brugha Street was a 4 year degree course with one year work placement in the 3rd year. I hope in the future to complete a Masters in Marketing.
The degree in Hospitality Management meant studying a variety of business courses e.g. Law, Accounting, Strategic Management etc. The first and second year of the course had subjects which were more practical and related to the hospitality industry.
We also ran a restaurant for 6 weeks in the college, which was fantastic experience and fun! The subjects in the final 2 years were more business orientated. This was essential and very relevant to my current role.
I have taken part in a number of on-the-job courses for sales training, presentation skills, revenue management etc. I hope in the future to complete a Masters in Marketing, but to also continue taking small courses throughout the year to keep learning and developing my skills.