Norma is not only a fantastic inspiration to our young people, but also an amazing presence to have around to make a positive impact. Her approach to life, her ability to make others smile & laugh, and her motivation to succeed is something we are so proud of her for & are sure this aids in her successes, especially within her role in @Bank of America! #inspiringwomen
I work for Bank of America based in Leopardstown, Dublin. I am currently a Vice President in Global Market Operations.
I went back to college in 2019 and completed a Higher Diploma in IT Management in DCU. I hadn’t participated in any formal learning in over 16 years so it took a bit of time to get used to studying again. I graduated top of my class with a Distinction and it was a proud moment to walk across the stage to receive my parchment with my family in the front row cheering me on.
My parents have been my biggest inspiration – they instilled a strong work ethic and a drive to succeed in me and my siblings. My mother particularly encouraged us to study hard in school and go on to higher level education – we were the first generation in our extended family to go on to third level education and this is down to the opportunities that my parents created for us. It cannot have been easy to send four children away to university but their hard work and sacrifice meant that we were all able to follow our chosen career path.
I never thought I would end up working in the bank – at school I wanted to be a solicitor and followed that career path, qualifying in 2006. Unfortunately in 2008 my role was made redundant due to the downturn in the economy at the time. This had a big impact on my life, particularly around my confidence as I felt that I was somehow to blame. I started in BofA in 2009, having been referred by a contact in the bank and have been very happily working here since then. Sometimes life won’t work out the way you plan, it is important to be resilient and seek other paths and avenues. 15 years later, I am thankful that my path took me to the door of Bank of America!