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Niamh Cacciato, Solicitor

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

I chose two languages in school- French and German. I had the choice of German or Art and Music. Most people chose Art and Music and there was only one class out of six classes of first year doing two languages. I believe that doing two languages improved my proficiency in language in general and my ability to learn new vocabulary and grasp new concepts.

I realised I was good at working out how to express myself in French and German and I always wanted to learn new words and phrases and this led me to then choose languages as two of my three subjects for an Arts Degree at third level. I knew that I would like to do French at university and then when I learnt that Italian was on offer I thought why not try something new! I also knew that Italian was similar to French as they are both Latin-based languages and I could guess some of the Italian vocabulary from my knowledge of French.

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Colm Lyons, Forest Technician

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

English, Irish, Maths, German, Construction Studies, Geography & Biology. Construction studies were always my favourite, I loved working with timber and still do with my uncle today. I always loved the outdoors and being in the woods. Biology was always of interest to me the way in which living things are made up.

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Sam Franklin, Earth Observation Specialist

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

I took science and geography options at GCSE level (up to 16), followed by geography, biology and psychology A-Levels (16-18). At A-level, I followed my interests, but with hindsight I wish I had pursued Maths and Physics. The UK system has changed now and you do a wider number of subjects between 16-18 which is a good thing. My lack of science at A-Level did hurt my career progression at university, which required me to get extremely high grades to demonstrate that I could take on the harder science topics at University. My advice is to study Maths (in addition to other things youíre interested in) for as long as possible. Itís like a VIP pass in your career. If youíve got maths, then that takes you anywhere. I wish I had known this earlier on.

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