Julie Gallagher (nee Tynan) spoke to our Fifth and Sixth Year students at our Careers Evening earlier this week.
After finishing school in 2005, Julie studied UCD in Commerce, but she has had an interesting career journey. She tells us more below:
I really enjoyed this degree as it was very social and exciting. By the end of my final year, I knew the business world was not for me and I started considering what kind of career I would like. Along with business, my favourite subject in school was biology. I was always drawn to the idea of studying to become a Dietitian, so that is what I decided to do. I applied to Universities in the United Kingdom as they offered a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in a number of cities. After some valuable career guidance, I decided to complete the Chemistry leaving cert, as I had not done this in my Sixth year in the Teresian School. I worked as a childminder while studying Chemistry and having this additional qualification secured me a place in a few Universities in the UK. I moved to Aberdeen, Scotland in 2009 and completed a 4 year degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Today, I work as a Dietitian in Tallaght University Hospital in the area of Surgery. I work with patients who require or have undergone surgery and develop nutrition care plans to help with their recovery. A large proportion of my patient’s require long term artificial nutrition and this is what I specialise in. It is a very interesting job, with lots of opportunities to learn new things, and work with interesting people. I previously worked in the Royal Hospital Donnybrook and the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire.
We also asked Julie about who she is today and her memories of the Teresian School:
I am a very family orientated person and I love spending time with my husband Kevin and Daughter Grace. We are expecting another baby in the Summer so our house will soon be busier and louder! Some of my closest friends are those that I met in Teresians. My oldest friend, Annita, started with me in the pre-school in Teresians when we were 2 years old. My time in UCD also allowed me to get a lot closer to girls that were in my class but I didn’t spend a lot of time with in school, which I am very grateful for. In my spare time, I like to read, play tennis, watch movies, go out for meals with friends and sleep!
I will always remember our Principal, Susan McGowan, very fondly. Other memories that stand out are school plays, Basketball, hot lunches from the junior school and our school trip to Slovenia in 5th year.
Julie has visited Cuba and South Africa and loves them both.
She has never had a pet and is scared of dogs!
Thanks for catching up, Julie – so nice to hear from you!