Thursday 18 December 2014

Keep going if others knock you – Miriam

Brian Byrne

Published 08/03/2014 | 02:30

Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter, Clara pictured celebrating International Women's Day at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter, Clara pictured celebrating International Women's Day at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan and Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of Holles Street Maternity Hospital pictured celebrating International Women's Day at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Miriam O’Callaghan and Dr Rhona Mahony celebrating International Women’s Day.

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan has told young women not to moan when it comes to the difficulties they face in surpassing their male colleagues in their careers.

The RTE presenter said women need to "keep going" even when others say they can't succeed. "There's no secret to success. It's 99pc hard graft. When people say you can't do it, just keep going.

"Don't moan. It's an unfair world. Just accept that from the get-go," O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.

O'Callaghan joined more than 800 people at Accenture Ireland's celebration of International Women's Day at the RDS in Dublin yesterday – where her RTE colleague Keelin Shanley admitted she has doubted her own abilities.

The 'Morning Edition' presenter said: "I'm as guilty as anyone else of thinking, 'I wouldn't be able to do that. I'm not good enough for that'. But I think as you get older, you begin to realise you were wrong, that you should have had a bit more self-belief."

WORK

She urged young women to find a career that they love, and to work hard to succeed.

"Do something that you love enough that you're going to work really hard at it," she said.

As part of the event, a new survey was published revealing that 44pc of secondary school girls believe that careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are more suited to male counterparts.

However, 51pc of teachers said they have noticed an increase in the uptake in STEM subjects by female students in the last three years.

Spokeswoman for Accenture Ireland Paula Neary said: "There is an onus on women to be alert to the changing world of work and to focus on building new skills to take advantage of the employment opportunities within new and emerging sectors, like digital."

Irish Independent

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