That pretty much covers me!
Proud to be Irish, always looking to change things and not standing still for too long.
Currently I am living in Thailand and have been here for over 5 years (as of October 2006!). I am taking it easy at the moment trying to wind down from a stressful few years working in Bangkok.
I have travelled all over the world, too many places to mention here but its a significant list and one that I am very proud of.
Of course, in order to have this lifestyle I have had to study and work hard – thereby enabling me to secure well paid and lucrative positions.
Study hard, work hard and play harder!
I have worked in Financial Services, Recruitment, Human Resources and IT. Actually, the last 7 or 8 years have been in IT and it is something that I have always had a connection with. Also, it ties in very well with Number 3 – meaning I can travel and work all over the world.
Throughout my life I have set myself goals to achieve and with realistic deadlines! And I have pretty much stuck to those over the years.
First, I started working in the Bank straight from school and didnt go to university until I was 22 (ish). But I made a deal with myself that if I completed my degree by night(while still working in the Bank during the day) that I would take a career break and travel the world.
And I did – except they wouldnt give me the career break so i resigned instead!!
I spent about 13 months travelling from States, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, India and eventually back to Ireland. And I did it all on my own! But of course I was rarely alone – there are so many people out there with the same adventurous spirit.
On my return to Ireland I planned a career change – and started to focus heavily on IT. I went back to college and completed a Software Enginerring diploma. Then I worked for about 1 year in Ireland before getting the opportunity to work as an Expat in Bangkok, Thailand!
I set myself a 5 year period in this role and pretty much stuck to that.
During this time I have always thought ahead financially and have made some wise investments which should do me well in the future. I am hoping to retire by 50. Well actually, I tried semi-retirement for a while at the age of 35 but just got too bored. I have plenty more to offer the world yet!
If you are interested in finding out more about me please get in contact – apple’at’geroreilly.com