Many people in life have interesting journeys that regale as much as they do thrill the audience of the storyteller. Mine is not quite so dramatic but is certainly unorthodox in the path taken to the current day. Hopefully, we will accompany each other along our respective paths working on projects. This would help achieve your Technology and/or Writing goals, adding great chapters to our stories so far. But for now, let's take a step back into memory lane for a quick recap of my journey. I was born in Dublin Ireland but spent about 1/4 of my childhood on the family farm in Cavan on our northern border with Northern Ireland. There under the guidance of my Mother and Uncle, I learned a lot about rural life, farming, and why Cavan is at the top of Ireland's most resilient counties.
After completing my second-level education in Dublin north, and not knowing what I want to do in life, I experimented with a few jobs and courses around security. This led me into the Irish Defence Forces. There I was stationed in County Monaghan on our northern border with Northern Ireland taking up an assignment with A Company, 29th Infantry Battalion from 1994 to 1997. I learned a ton more about the value of attention to detail, discipline, focus, and fellowship with my fellow soldiers. The stories from those days good and bad still occupy my thoughts from time to time yet the lessons learned from those days have been consistently valuable in my subsequent careers.
After the military and still unsure where my passions lay, I engaged in more education on the advice of my secondary school counselor; whom I went to see for some advice on my next steps. Accordingly, I completed a level 7 ordinary certificate (3rd level) in Financial Services plus a few vocational certifications in typewriting, business studies plus more before heading out into the workplace as a civilian. Starting out in Credit & Collections for initially an Irish Company, I then moved on and worked for US multinationals from 2000 to 2012 covering all areas of financial operations, and then onto first and second-line leadership. I was an international manager of Accounts Support for a US Multinational's Outside-of-US business before I was made redundant in 2012.
Despite getting into more managerial interview selection processes within a month of my redundancy, I was conflicted about continuing as a manager as the passion and zest for my working career had waned to the point where I reassessed what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. If the Army thought me anything, it was that life is truly a gift so stop wasting it! With that in mind, I started my quest in 2013 to transfer to Technology and became an engineer, bringing me to this day. Dublin Business School facilitated the University level courses I did in technology and am proud to this day to be an Alumni and an Engineer.
As an Engineer, Writer, and Technologists, my work ethos and cultural values are led by the following values:
- Constructive two-way communication that never stops been respectful and understanding of the counter party's point of view.
- Honest commitment to the content of the work undertaking, and completing it to at least the highest standards that I hold myself to, even when nobody is watching.
- Transparent communication and follow through on all aspects of business interactions, whether that is my next contract negotiation or who's up for a coffee run!
- Attention to detail on all aspects of engineering, projects, and audit compliant documentation practices.
- Empathy for teammates and a wish to help where I can, as we are all human. I recognize that not every day is a good day for everybody!
- A wish to be happy in life rather than be rich. As Steve Jobs put it 'Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me."
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