I’m Maeve. I'm a marketing graduate in my mid-twenties living and working in Dublin. I thought it might be a good idea to share a little bit about myself to help readers understand my motivations for creating Pursuit of Your Route.
I went to a great school with fantastic teachers and supportive career guidance staff. However, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do after secondary school and I never thought I should consider any options other than level eight courses. I’m glad I completed my chosen undergrad but I think that I overlooked some level 6 and 7 courses which may have suited me just as well. At the time, my friends and family undertook level 8 courses so I suppose I felt that this course level was the best option for me too.
After my leaving cert, I began a level 8 arts degree in music and Italian at UCC. I didn’t love the content of my degree at the time but in hindsight I have realised that this degree really helped me develop a critical and creative way of thinking. This is something I will be forever grateful to UCC for. Furthermore, had I not undertaken this particular course, I would have regretted not taking the chance to study music at that stage of my life.
During my undergrad, I made a conscious effort to get involved in the college’s clubs and societies. I produced and presented a range of shows on my university’s radio station UCC 98.3FM. I was public relations officer of the UCC Italian Society and was a member of the UCC Kickboxing Club. I learnt so much about myself and my interests through each of these extracurricular activities. To be honest, I think they were as important as my degree in helping me to figure out what I wanted to do when I graduated.
My experience working in promotions and media at UCC helped me find a marketing position with a charity in Cork after my undergrad. As I really enjoyed the work I was doing, I applied for a marketing masters in DIT. For me DIT was a perfect choice as it placed a heavy emphasis on practical group work and continuous assessment, which is something that really suited me.
After my masters, I started working as an Account Executive with a digital publishing company in Dublin. I really enjoyed it and gained a lot of experience during my time there. I have since tried out a range of jobs – some of these I have really enjoyed and others were not for me.
I used to worry that I didn’t know exactly what type job I wanted to do for the rest of my life. However, I’ve now come to the realisation that my collective work, travel and academic experiences, negative and positive, are part of a process that I should embrace rather than worry about. Each experience has helped me to develop new skills, learn a little more about myself and discover what aspects of jobs I do and don’t like. Furthermore, each experience has helped me to discover particular areas, interests and passions that I would like to further explore in an effort to develop my own unique career.
I'm certainly no career expert but I feel that, as a former student and recent graduate, I have some insights and learnings which others might find useful in the pursuit of their route.