Thursday 25 December 2014

It's OK
 to change your mind: do what makes you happy

Published 18/08/2014 | 06:00

Aoife Woulfe, UL Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
Aoife Woulfe, UL Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

When it came to filling in the CAO form, Aoife Woulfe wasn't really sure what she wanted to do.

The Mallow, Co Cork girl was good at science subjects, such as biology and chemistry, and nursing seemed like a good option. She also liked the idea of business, but had some reservations about it.

So, Aoife's first and second CAO choices were nursing - all the rest were business - and "I didn't think about it again until I got my results".

She started college life on a nursing degree course, but soon realised it wasn't for her. Although she finished out the year and did her exams, she had already re-applied to the CAO.

This time, the former pupil of St Mary's Secondary School Mallow, said she "made no mistake" and business accounted for all 10 course choices on the honours degree list.

Before filling in the form, second time around, Aoife took an opportunity to sit in on some lectures at the University of Limerick (UL), and was convinced "that this is what I wanted to do".

Aoife did business studies in the Univeristy of Limerck, which, in second year, allows students to specialise in one of five areas. She plumped for insurance and risk management from among a group that also includes accounting and finance, economics and finance, human resource management and marketing.

Now 24, Aoife immediately followed her undergraduate qualification with a one-year MSc in Financial Services, also at UL, which she has just finished with flying honours. "I want to work in re-insurance so I had to brush up my finance skills".

After her false start in third level, Aoife's advice is: " You have to do what makes you happy and it is better to decide sooner rather than later".

Irish Independent

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