Name: Ciaran McGuire Years attended DCHS: I left in 2010.
“I think there’s so much pressure and expectation on students to set a path and stick to it, which is very unrealistic”
Where am I now? I now work for The Co-op, in their headquarters in Manchester, as National Trade Manager, where I ensure our customers, members and employees are all looked after to ensure our national estate is operating effectively and efficiently.
What previous occupations have I had? Prior to joining The Co-op I worked as an Area Manager for ALDI, where I looked after multiple stores and teams of up to 300 employees, ensuring the area operated effectively and that all staff and customers were looked after. Prior to moving over to work in food retail, I worked within the fashion industry in Buying and Merchandising, with a short stint in womenswear design too. However, after a few years in fashion, I realised that it wasn’t the industry for me, despite having a design degree and studying textiles throughout my time at school.
What were your favourite subjects and memories? Textiles was my favourite subject, closely followed by Maths. Textiles allowed me to explore my creativity and was always interesting and fun to study. Miss Kidd was a superstar and was the reason I left school to continue textiles and complete a Textile Design & Business Management degree at the University of Manchester. I also used to love maths with Miss Baker – the lessons were always engaging and I just love numbers as they just make a lot of sense. Both subjects, although very different to each other, helped round my skill set and have been really useful since leaving school!
What did you do after leaving DCHS? Moved to Manchester to study Textile Design and Design Management at the UoM.
What careers advice would you give a current student of DCHS now? Don’t try and work it all out… I was so set that I was going to leave school, study textiles and be a designer. However, life experiences have shaped my goals and ambitions, changed my path and I’ve ended up selling beans for a living instead (and I couldn’t be happier)!
I think there’s so much pressure and expectation on students to set a path and stick to it, which is very unrealistic in such a fast paced dynamic world! Find your strengths and maximise them as much as you can, whatever they may be; understand your opportunities – don’t see them as ‘weaknesses’ – and make a plan on how you can turn a weakness into a strength; take as much feedback as you can – it’s an opportunity to grow and be better; hold your head high when times are hard; take time to listen and understand people, but most of all accept your mistakes and never give up.