Thursday 22 August 2019

Leaving Cert 2019: 'I didn't get the points - but set up my own firm'

 

Unconventional career path: James McCann, founder of PR company ClearStory International
Unconventional career path: James McCann, founder of PR company ClearStory International

Aoife Walsh

A young entrepreneur has advised students to remember that there is "no one path in life" after he failed to get the points he needed for university, despite sitting the exam twice.

James McCann, founder of PR company ClearStory International, told how his unconventional career path led him to set up his own company. Mr McCann first sat the Leaving Cert in 2003. Unfortunately, he did not get the points needed to join the Defence Forces or go to university.

After repeating the exam in 2004, Mr McCann came out with five points more.

But while working in insurance, he took up a part-time course in communication skills at University College Dublin. Then he completed a social science course in Dublin Business School before setting up his firm.

He advised students not to get too bogged down if they don't get the desired result.

"My path is different, I didn't get the points. You can go back to college as a mature student at 23 and you can do interesting things your peers haven't."

Irish Independent

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