Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine Steiro from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine Steiro




  Elaine Steiro

If you are considering starting in the food/ catering or hospitality sectors, you should consider whether you like working shift work and you should like working in a pressured environment .

It is a very fulfilling and rewarding sector to work in though and every day is different with new skills being added to your skillset all of the time . If you are considering moving into the management side of things, then you should be able to co ordinate tasks and people to achieve results and you should like an ever changing work environment.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Once I'd make my mind up to do something, I do it. However, the main influence for me would have come from home.

My mother would get me to help sort out the first edition books which were bought at various auctions around the country. I often accompanied her to Meeley's, Mulligan's and Eamon De Burca's on our purchasing trips. I was able to recognise and price books , having accumulated a wealth of knowledge.

On other occasions, we would attend book fairs at the Mansion House, Dublin, where we would sell much of the material. I can recall a two volume Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming, which we sold to a Belgium collector for £300 a piece.

On other occasions, my mother and myself regularly visited Trinity College, Dublin. My mother not only received an MA in history from Trinity, but also worked there as a librarian. She would introduce me to many of the Professors and library staff.

I remember being fascinated by the workings of the library at Trinity College. My earliest memory was as a three year old getting in the lifts at the library in Trinity.

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