What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I wasnt 100% sure that I would end up in the science/engineering sector when I was at school. I found doing transition year really helped me to explore the various options that were available. This helped me to decide the subjects for my leaving certificate. I chose physics, chemistry & accounting, again keeping my options open. At the moment I am doing a masters for which I have to do aspects of accounting & economics so the accounting I did for my leaving has come in handy!
What is your education to date?
Secondary School St Vincents Convent, St Marys Road, Cork Leaving Certificate.
University of Limerick Materials Science Degree
University of Limerick PhD biomedical cements.
University of Limerick currently doing a Masters in Project Management.
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
The aspect of my education that I have used most often is the ability to question. I have always viewed education like a set of encyclopedia, it shows you where to find the information you may need in the future. Practical hands-on experience is invaluable. Therefore if you do have an interest in something particular, its good to do summer work, hobbies etc that expose you to practical application.
During my FYP & PhD I designed the types of testing I needed to perform to allow me to answer specific questions in the research. This has been invaluable as I now use this approach to ensure that a design we create meets the original specifications that were set out.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?