The Irish U20 Grand Slam Winners had a day away from the tackle bags yesterday as they immersed themselves in a mix of career and personal development activities at PwC on Spencer Dock.
Accompanied by Noel McNamara and the management team they spent the day in classroom mode learning about themselves and about the ‘Plan B’ option in case a career in professional rugby does not quite pan out as they hope.
They were met on site by PwC’s Managing Partner Feargal O’Rourke and IRFU President Des Fitzgerald before going into a number of sessions looking at how PwC employees combine work, sport and life; at the management of their own personal ‘brand’ and through a personality profiling session where they learned a little more about the makeup of themselves and their teammates.
Sport for Business ran the Work, Play, Live session with Rob Hartnett interviewing Carlow Ladies Footballer and Chair of the WGPA Maria Kinsella, UL Bohs All Ireland Cup winner and Ireland international Rugby player Laura Sheehan and Meath Footballer Seamus Lavin.
They covered the challenges of scheduling training, the difficulties of maintaining the right balance on nutrition and the thought that is needed to keep teams in the sport and in work onside.
All three have managed it to a high degree and wear the amount of time they give to both sides of their life lightly.
It was interesting to hear that in terms of downtime the places they go to and the people they share with tend to be outside the sporting bubble giving them a release when things have not gone so well and a bringing down to earth when they have.
Sheehan and Lavin are in the early stages of their career with Kinsella advancing through the company into management. Both Lavin and Kinsella had played with or against colleagues in the firm before they had joined with Kinsella having played just behind PwC Partner Marie Coady in Carlow but not realising until she saw here in the office on one of her early days in there.
The N7 roadworks were a major blackspot for both Kinsella travelling to Carlow and Sheehan to Limerick but it was just another element to factor into making it work.
The day finished off with a meet and greet with staff, pictures with the Guinness Six Nations Trophy and a celebration in the atrium of the PwC Offices.