'I'm a people person, I don't want to work in front of computer'
My Story: Donnchadh O'Sullivan | International Business, University of Limerick
Donnchadh O'Sullivan wanted to be able to tailor-make his own degree when he went to university. The level of choice offered in the four-year International Business in the University of Limerick gave him the opportunity to do just that.
The course allowed Donnchadh, from Ennis, Co Clare to specialise in the modules he wanted, while avoiding some of the subjects he knew he would never want to work in.
"The course was exactly what I wanted," he says. "I'm interested in business and there were some aspects of business I knew I didn't want to pursue, and in UL you choose your whole way, literally from start to finish, what you want to study throughout the four years," he says.
Knowing his own strengths gave Donnchadh the opportunity to play to them when it came to choosing his business majors. "I'm a people person and I didn't see myself working in front of a computer. I know in this day and age it's hard not to work on front of a computer. But, for me, I chose marketing and management."
Donnchadh also took Spanish for the first time. Since beginning his course in 2012, he has travelled all over the world. "With International Business it's mandatory that you have to go abroad, so I did my Erasmus in Madrid and my co-op in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The world is a big place but doing this course makes it so much smaller. It opens up so many opportunities."
UL usually help to set students up with placements abroad, but Donnchadh decided to take his own route. With support from the university, he went to Ho Chi Minh City and, in doing so, he set up a permanent link between UL and Vietnam.
Donnchadh got a position with QLM Label Makers, an Australian company in Ho Chi Minh City, through "basically a lot of networking". Although the city was a bit of a culture shock, Donnchadh adapted well.
"Within three weeks I was driving my own moped to work every day. It's a steep learning curve but once you get over it, it's fine. You just have to immerse yourself in the deep end."
A past pupil of Gaelcholáiste an Chláir and Rice College, Donnchadh, who spent the summer in Italy, recently graduated with a 2.1 degree - and has more travel plans.