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Opportunity: From study in Szczecin, Poland to working for Irish Water

Opportunity: From study in Szczecin, Poland to working for Irish Water

Opportunity: From study in Szczecin, Poland to working for Irish Water

Growing up in Nowa Sol in Poland I loved science experiments and would always get chemistry kits for my birthday and my dad even built me a small lab. I remember aged ten pretending to treat water from the river using a filter process using a sock and sand.

I studied in Szczecin for a Master's degree in Environment Protection, with an organic chemistry specialisation, and then completed a number of water treatment internship programs in Poland and worked in two public labs testing water from rivers and lakes.

Another potential career choice had been acting but my interest in science and the environment won out. Before I moved to Ireland I was working as an extra in some Polish productions, though my big love was theatre - I worked in the theatre for eight years before I moved to Ireland in 2006. My husband works in IT and asked me to join him as he had a job here and at first the plan was to stay only a few months. As it turned out we have built our lives here.