‘‘Don’t doubt yourself and learn to say no sometimes.’’ Sarah La Cumbre - Student Resource Centre Manager

Sarah La Cumbre - Student Resource Centre Manager - woman who leads and helps (AIT Alum)

What does International Woman’s Day mean to you?

For me, it’s a celebration and an opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful women in my life, those who have influenced and inspire me and also a reason to pause and give myself permission to be proud of my own achievements

Can you tell us about your own role in AIT and a little about your background?

I am the Student Resource Centre Manager in AIT and also a former student of AIT. I studied Design Communications in AIT and went on to do a BA in Psychology from UCD and
an MA in Occupational Psychology from UCC. After college I started out working in Human Resources in a multinational in Ireland and, fueled by a desire to travel and widen my experience, I made a beeline for the US where I worked in recruitment, training and consulting in the private sector. After a brief stint in the UK, I returned to Ireland in 2000 where I worked briefly in the National College of Ireland, and then in UCD for a period of 5 years. I took up my current role in AIT in 2006.

What do you think we can be doing to inspire and encourage more young people?

Working day to day with AIT students is a dream job for me. I am very lucky to work with a great team of highly qualified and dedicated colleagues in our professional services team. I strive to help build resilience, confidence and passion in our students.

What women have had the greatest Impact on your life, and why? (a real women from your life or historic).

My mother has and continues to be a role model for me. Funnily enough, I have only recently realised how inspirational she has always been now that in my mid 40’s! We would have locked horns at times while I was growing up and its only now that I appreciate her for all her talents aswell as celebrate her (and my own) foibles!

What is your greatest achievement in work to date?

Managing to balance work and family life is both my perennial struggle and greatest achievement.

What inspired you to pursue your career?

A natural curiosity and interest in people and a strong ability to solve problems which I inherit from my father.

What advice will you give to your younger self?

Don’t doubt yourself and learn to say no sometimes.

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