'It is important to seize every opportunity, as you never know where it will take you...'
'It is important to seize every opportunity, as you never know where it will take you. When I was in college, a friend of mine convinced me to take a job in Limerick's Esat Digifone call centre.
"What started out as a way to earn some extra money while in college, ended up putting me on an incredibly exciting career path; one that saw me spend five years working in the Caribbean as part of the management team that set up the Digicel business.
"Working in markets like St Lucia, Aruba and Jamaica was such an amazing experience, both from a professional and personal point of view. After five years with Digicel where I worked my way up to sales and marketing director for the region, I knew I needed a change - so when the opportunity arose to come back to Ireland and set up Eircom's ICT division, I took it.
"One big thing I learned through experience is to always be planning the next step, keeping an eye out on other players in the industry and scoping out where the opportunities may be.
"I always had my eye on Three. I liked what they were doing in other markets, their entrepreneurial culture and strong focus on innovation. When you want something, you need to go after it - and in 2008 I saw an opportunity which resulted in beginning my career with Three as head of sales.
"One thing is certain and that's change. When I began my career I thought it was a very exciting time of change. I thought that it was just that 'time', but as you grow, switch jobs and work abroad you realise that things are always changing - in careers, businesses, personal life - in everything!
"It's daunting, but change is the lifeblood of any business and you should never fear it; if you are not changing you are stagnating.
"Change should be embraced as it brings about new challenges, new learnings and new opportunities. In my own career I have often had to challenge myself to make a change and, so far at least, the outcome has always been positive providing me with great experiences and maintaining my enthusiasm for what the future holds.
"While there is much I wish I'd known before I started, the essence of change is the unknown. My advice to anyone starting out is to seize every opportunity, continue to learn along the journey and most importantly, never be afraid of change - embrace it, because you never know where it will take you."
Elaine Carey is chief commercial officer of Three
Sunday Indo Business