Thursday 23 October 2014

Surveying her options led to Anna's dream career

'I was losing motivation because I didn't enjoy it'

Claire McCormack

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

Anna Hogan

AFTER repeating her Leaving Cert in order to get a place on her dream course, Anna Hogan decided law was a stepping stone, not her true passion.

Despite coming from a family of quantity surveyors, Anna had every intention of becoming a solicitor or barrister.

"I was disappointed when I didn't get the points; it was the only course I wanted. I couldn't see outside that", said Anna who secured a place at a top law school a year later.

"I was so focused on getting in, that I didn't research what it entailed," she said.

"While it interested me, it didn't suit me in terms of work, it was all about essays and reading and self-motivated learning, I work better under more pressure," she said,

Although her family didn't put pressure on her, Anna found it hard to accept that she wasn't happy.

"It was really tough, I was telling myself to stick it out to get the degree, thinking I might like it better next year but ultimately I was losing motivation because I didn't enjoy it," she said.

And so, after much deliberation, Anna decided to drop out during Christmas break in second year."The plan was to apply for another course for the following September. This time I would do lots of research and make sure it was a course I wanted to do," said Anna, who had her eye on quantity surveying.

"My father, grandfather and uncle are all in the business so the interest is in my bloodline," said Anna who felt Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) was her best option.

After speaking to a head of department at the college, Anna knew it was the right decision to apply through CAO.

"The classes were small, we worked in groups with lots of continuous assessment and deadlines and that really suited me," said the 25-year-old from Stillorgan, Dublin.

When asked what advice she would give students who feel uncertain about their course she said: "Don't bite the bullet too quick, give yourself a time-frame and give it a fair chance. But you have to trust your gut too."

"As soon as I made the decision to drop out, a huge weight lifted off me and it was the biggest release to go back and start again," said Anna, who is moving to London on Monday to start a four year graduate contract with an Irish quantity surveyor.

Irish Independent

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