What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
The subjects which I had control of choosing and which influenced my career path were:
Secondary School: Technical Graphics, Construction Studies, Engineering, Physics. These were an excellent base for my degree course in Mechanical Engineering in University.
University: Mechanical Engineering - choose fluids stream instead of solids stream half way through my degree course. In my current career, choosing the fluids stream has not had any significant bearing on my ability to perform my job.
If I had the choice in Secondary School, I would have chosen Spanish as a language to study. This allows a lot of extra opportunities to travel globally.
If I had the opportunity to change my choices in University, I would have done a years post grad in buisness studies and accounting after my degree in mechanical engineering. I belive this would have given me a competitive advantage in aspiring to a career in management.
What is your education to date?
Scariff Community College - Leaving Certificate - 7 Honours
University of Limerick - Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering - 4 years (including 9 months co-operative education in the workplace)
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
Maths is definitely very important for any engineer.
Additional to that I have found the following courses very helpful in my job: Technical Drawing AutoCAD Physics Chemistry Computer Sotfware Programmes - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project. (I feel it is imperative nowadays to be highly computer literate)
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I have completed the following courses since joining Irish Cement:
IMI Courses - Graduate Development Programme - 3 weeks - Management Development Programme - 1 week Vibration Analysis Course - 1 week Kepner Tregoe Courses - Project Management - 3 days - Analytical Troubleshooting - 3 days International Cement Production Seminar - 3 weeks Certificate in Health and Safety from University College Dublin - 3 weeks Computer Software Courses - Microsoft Project - 2 days
For the future, I would like to complete the following: 1 year diploma in business management Master of Business Administration (MBA) Further educational courses with the IMI