Leah Caffrey

County / Club / College:Dublin, Na Fianna, DCU.

Age:23

Current Education Course:MSc. Business Management

Previous Course Studied:Analytical Science

Part time work:Europcar Call centre agent

Leah on – going back to postgraduate study:

When I was completing my undergraduate degree in analytical science I was always aware of the business management masters which caters for students who don’t have a degree in business and it was always something I had considered. I felt like I had an interest in business and the masters gave me a platform to explore this, whilst I enjoyed science I couldn’t see myself working in a lab. In my future career I would hope that I could do something to combine both interests.

My undergrad degree was quite intense so I didn’t find the step up to masters level too hard however, I wasn’t used to completing so many assignments and the POD activities required a lot of time as a result of this I found that the course helped me learn to manage my time efficiently.  I enjoyed taking the modules as they were so different to any modules I had taken in my undergraduate course and the talks which featured as part of the NGM module were very interesting.

Leah on – the next step:

I am not fully decided on what direction I would like to go in however I would be interested in pursuing a career that combines my interest in both science and business together, perhaps something along the lines of innovation.

 

Leah on – this year on the field with DCU & Dublin:

Luckily, I chose the right year to stay in DCU as we won both the league and O Connor Cup, fifth time lucky! The girls were great and the team had a great mix of counties and lots of emerging younger players so hopefully the success will be continued on next year. The support provided by DCU GAA academy was excellent in terms of facilities, food after training, grinds and gym membership you couldn’t ask for more.

This year we will be hoping to win Dublin’s first ever league title and after that we would like to go on to retain the All Ireland. Last year was a great year so we will be hoping to do the same again and keep improving as players and as a team.

 

Leah on – balancing the dual career:

It was tough at times when the demands of sport and college clashed however, using the support provided by the DCU GAA academy I was not left to fall behind in the course. As with any masters, it demanded a lot of time however, by using sport to switch off I think it helped me to approach my studies in a positive way instead of spending hours on end in the library.

The WGPA scholarship was a huge help financially this year, having a part time job and having just completed my undergraduate degree the scholarship was one of the main factors in my decision to return to DCU. The Business School provided great supports for all.

 

Leah on – sporting heroes:

I really liked Serena Williams growing up as a kid, I thought she was a great athlete and very ruthless. I could never beat my older sister at tennis and she beat Venus multiple teams which I always admired.

 

Leah on – advice for interested scholars:

I would say to take the opportunity with both hands, completing this course with the support of the WGPA has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Leah on –

Most proud of (on or off the field):After we won last September my 24-year-old sister decided she would come out of retirement to play football for Na Fianna again after a seven-year break, she claims I wasn’t the inspiration but…

Biggest challenge you’ve faced: Coming back from being behind to win against UL this year in the O Connor Cup final.

3 words to describe yourself: Ambitious, Kind,  Passionate.

 

These postgraduate scholarships are again available to WGPA members, commencing September 2018. If you’re interested in applying, see Postgraduate Opportunities or contact us info@wgpa.ie.

 

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