Overall the economic situation has been tumultuous over the past few years. While maybe not a highlight of my career, it has definitely been of huge value to be able to broaden my experience and gain exposure to a number of different people and situations that might not have come my way otherwise (although it certainly doesn’t always feel it at the time!).
It has proved useful on a number of occasions to know where people are now working and where they have worked in the past, particularly when recruiting. Being able to get a second opinion from someone who worked with a candidate previously can prove invaluable.
Business outlook & challenges
It is a time of huge change for the banking sector in Ireland which will likely take a number of years to fully work through and settle to what the ‘new norm’ of domestic banking looks like.
I think one of the main challenges is anticipating what is next and how that might affect us both personally and professionally. Having spent most of my working life to date going through a boom economy I certainly feel that not having any previous practical experience of working through a recession to draw on is a disadvantage in trying to anticipate how the future will play out.
One of the most important things I am still learning is the importance of delegating. Learning to let go of the ‘doing’ is crucial to making sure that you have the time to both manage and lead your team effectively.
Don’t burn your bridges – Ireland and a lot of industries are very small places and you would be surprised where people turn up or where you might end up in the future.
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