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Thomas Cashin

Graduate Profile
Year 3, Arts
Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

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"Unlike many others, I did not take history as a Leaving Cert subject before studying at UCC, but it did not make my work any harder than any other 'budding' historian. What I enjoyed about History at UCC was both how challenging and contemporary the subject was for me. The courses offered seem to tie in to topical debates such as Emigration and Diaspora, as well as the revolutionary history of our own state. History will provide you with viewpoints and opinions which you may find out you never had! The University provides an excellent environment within which to interpret these subjects and challenges, and the support of staff and students alike has been fundamental to my studies and my student life"

Art Ward

Undergraduate Student Profile
BCL (Clinical) 2007/08
Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

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"Matheson Ormsby Prentice is one of Ireland's largest commercial law firms, dealing with areas of law ranging from Taxation and Dispute Resolution to Entertainment and Intellectual Property.

While working with the firm, BCL (Clinical) students are assigned to a specific group within the firm dealing with one of these areas of practice. I was assigned to the Intellectual Property department, having expressed an interest in working in this area in the future. The people you work with are more than helpful, and prefer that you engage and ask questions. I would thoroughly recommend completing one of your placements with Matheson Ormsby Prentice, as the scope and depth of hands on experience available is both invaluable and very difficult to find elsewhere"

Raphael Hurley

Graduate Profile
BSc (Hons) (Mathematical Sciences) graduate and UCC Student of the Year 2005
Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

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"I did a joint honours degree in Maths and Applied Maths. I found my degree to be quite difficult, but I enjoyed being challenged throughout my four years at UCC. Like any other degree, if you work hard, you'll do well in the exams. If I could start all over again I'd do the exact same degree. Some people say that with a maths degree you can only become a lecturer or a teacher.

I disagree completely - a maths degree trains you in a particular way of thinking. Maths graduates are careful, analytical thinkers who can apply the problem solving skills they have learned to real-world situations. If you study at UCC I would advise you to get involved in clubs and societies as much as possible. They are great fun, and are a wonderful way to get to know people who have similar interests to yourself. I have been on Morgan Stanley's graduate program in London for the past year and a half. I am working as a corporate bond trader, and have had a most fascinating time during what have been some of the most volatile market conditions for generations".

Joanne O'Shea

Undergraduate Student Profile
Occupational Therapy
Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

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"I was always interested in learning how to help people achieve their full potential so I felt that this course was perfect for me. In studying Occupational Therapy I can safely say that I am certain I have made the right choice.

So far the course has been extremeley interesting. My study of Human Anatomy and Physiology has fed my curiosity of how the body works and the Applied Psychology module opened my eyes to the mind and behaviour of the developing child. The Occupational Therapy modules have taught me so much about myself and about the value of occupations in daily life. I have also been introduced to the core skills of belonging to a health profession. The friends I have made within my class, the supportive and expert staff who have real experience as therapists and the fascinating people I have encountered so far have enriched my enjoyment of this course".

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