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Aaron Buckley, CIT Students’ Union President

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 4:55pm


When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

As a young boy the job I wanted was to be a professional footballer with my beloved Liverpool.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I finished school in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in Bishopstown in 2014. I went from here to CIT, where I studied Recreation and Leisure Management. Once I finished this degree, I went on to do my Honours degree, a Bachelor of Business Level 8, which I completed earlier this summer. I combined my studies with my work as a personal trainer. I have worked in this field part time for the last three years, and it has played a big part in shaping the person I am today. Although I have always been an active individual playing a variety of different sports, I credit getting in to weight training as a huge factor in changing my mentality as a person. It made me more confident, self-assured, ambitious and more determined to succeed in every aspect of my life.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

The most enjoyable aspect of what I do is definitely helping people. From a young age I have always been extremely passionate about helping people, whether it be helping clients get their desired results in the gym, or helping a student with a personal problem. I get a great sense of satisfaction out of helping someone find a solution to a problem, or helping people get results.

What motivates you?

I am quite a driven and motivated person, always wanting to push myself to my limits and be better than my past self. What motivates me is to be a success in whatever goal I set upon myself and leave no stone unturned in reaching that goal. What is motivating me currently is to be the best Student President that I can be, and to represent the students of CIT in the best way imaginable.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

I would tell myself not to worry about the small things and to believe in yourself 100 per cent. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to?

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

I would probably be in the middle of setting up my own business or travelling the world.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Getting elected to the position I am currently in. I am privileged to be the President of an establishment with close to 10,000 members. I am very excited for the upcoming academic year, and I hope that I will make a worthwhile difference to CIT and leave it in a better position than when I entered the role.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My parents have had the biggest influence on my life and, just like most of my generation, I probably take them for granted way too much. They have been instrumental in shaping me to be the person I am today by supporting me 100 per cent in everything I decide to do. My grandparents on both sides, brother, sister and the rest of my family also deserve special mention for also always giving me guidance and support.

What is the life dream now?

The life dream now is primarily to be happy. If you are happy in what you are doing, then you are much more likely to find the right path. I hope to work for myself in years to come in an industry I am incredibly passionate about.

How do you switch off?

I switch off by going to the gym, playing GAA or socialising with friends. In my opinion, it is vitally important that everyone takes time to themselves or does an activity that helps them to forget about the stresses of everyday life. I feel that this is fundamentally important to living a happy life.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Watching my sister Michaella play in the Camogie All-Ireland final in Croke Park last September. It was an incredibly proud day for all of the family seeing my sister’s hard work being rewarded on the biggest stage.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

My hometown Ballygarvan. I am privileged to live in such a close knit community, and even more privileged to play with Ballygarvan GAA club.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ It’s more than just a song.

When are you at your happiest?

I am at my happiest when I’m around like-minded positive people or exercising.

Any regrets?

I think we all have things that we regret doing, or not doing, but I feel the reaction after the event is most important. You could use that negative and turn it in to a positive one because then at least you have learned from your mistake.

What is your hidden talent?

I wouldn’t say I have any. My work rate is probably my hidden talent because once I set myself a goal I will do whatever it takes to reach it.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

That I played guitar for my Leaving Cert and sang Johnny Cash. Anyone that knows me will find this hilarious, as I haven’t got a note in my head.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

This year in CIT there is a big push on mental health and trying to improve the mental health of CIT students. I am involved in a documentary that is going to be aired on RTE in October called ‘Our Mental Health’. This is only one of the many things we have planned this year to do with mental health.

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