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McCann Dublin Celebrates International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we wanted to create something that might inspire other females in the industry. So, we asked the women in McCann Dublin “what is one piece of advice you wished you had known when you were starting your career?”

‘Be confident in your point of view and express it, don’t feel like an imposter! They wouldn’t have hired you if they didn’t think your point of view was important - people expect you to have one. Don’t just act on other people’s opinions, think about your own and bring them to the table.’

Sinead Cowen – Project Director

‘Put you first. Do what will make you happy and you will succeed.’

Olivia Farrell – Digital Account Director

‘If there is something you really want to do, do it. Whether it’s part of your job description or not. If you can show that you have abilities beyond your current role, you can move beyond it. Use your initiative. Seize opportunities. Ask for help.’

Amy Sergison – Copywriter

‘Be persistent. You’ll get a lot of no’s before you get a yes. And if you want to do something, ask. You don’t ask, you don’t get.’

Aoife Flynn – Art Director

‘Find a great mentor, preferably female! The female bosses I had in my early career in London really shaped the designer I have become today. Everyone has wobbles and when I do, I think ‘well what would X do?’ I think the other important thing is that you’re always growing and learning in our industry. The design landscape is constantly evolving, embrace this change rather than hanging back. Do things that scare you as pushing forward will always pay off.’

Emily Turner – Senior Designer

‘Whenever you’re under pressure or feel a little overwhelmed, remember - you have a 100% success rate at getting through every day so far.’

Zoe McGovern – Director of Social

‘Decide what is important in life to YOU. And use everything in your power to help you achieve that.
Your career choices, don’t need to be ‘ladder’ driven. Life is for living.’ “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” (Confucius)

Yvonne O’Toole - Receptionist

‘Know your worth. Trust your gut. Follow your heart. Your greatest work will be done if you follow those three simple rules. Always take the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, that is where you will learn.’

Éadaoin Fitzmaurice – Social Media Content Manager