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Career Change with Three Ireland - Mairéad Lee is a Consumer Team Lead with Three Ireland for the last 7 years. Pictured here at Three Ireland in Castletroy, Limerick. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick Career Change with Three Ireland - Mairéad Lee is a Consumer Team Lead with Three Ireland for the last 7 years. Pictured here at Three Ireland in Castletroy, Limerick. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick

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Mairéad Lee speaks about her Career Change with Three Ireland

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Career Change with Three Ireland – Mairéad Lee is a Consumer Team Lead with Three Ireland for the last 7 years. Pictured here at Three Ireland in Castletroy, Limerick. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick

Mairéad Lee speaks about her Career Change with Three Ireland

Career Change with Three Ireland inside 1 Three Ireland Three’s culture is one of empowerment and ownership and this has supported and enabled Mairéad to develop and progress within the company. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick

Three’s culture is one of empowerment and ownership and Mairéad wanted better career prospects, professional growth, and work opportunities.. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick

Mairéad Lee works as a Consumer Team Lead at the Three Ireland headquarters in Castletroy and has been with the company for 7 years after feeling she needed a career and life change. 

Her role involves managing team performance and progress and coaching and motivating her team to achieve high standards.

We chatted with Mairéad about why she decided 7 years ago to change careers and why she chose her new career path with Three Ireland. 

Tell us a little about where you are from and who you are

My name is Mairéad Lee, I’m from Limerick city, born and bred! I’ve lived here all my life and couldn’t really imagine living anywhere else unless I won the lotto!

Tell us about your Career History up to Three Ireland

I worked in Dell for 4 years after I finished school, but I always had an interest in Beauty Therapy. I attended Pembroke Beauty College in Limerick city and also completed a Laser Therapy course in London. I continued on this career path for 12 years and loved every minute of it.

What made you switch careers?

I was looking for better career prospects, professional growth, and work opportunities. While I loved the career path I was on, it was time for a change after 12 years. I believed I’d progressed as far as I could in that role, and it was time for new challenges.

What advice would you give someone looking to change careers?

Do your research, talk to people you know that are working in that industry and if you’re still thinking about it, go for it! It’s daunting to start on a new journey but if it’s something you’re really interested in, work hard and it’ll all work out.

What attracted you to a career at Three?

Career Change with Three Ireland Mairéad (centre) pictured with members of the Three Ireland team, Gary Kelly, Managed Service Executive and Carol Bonfield, Account Relationship Manager. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick

Mairéad (centre) pictured with members of the Three Ireland team, Gary Kelly, Managed Service Executive and Carol Bonfield, Account Relationship Manager. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick

The opportunities available to progress your career, learn new skills and also the excellent benefits package you receive when joining Three were all really attractive to me. I also had heard through word of mouth that Three was a great place to work, and having worked here for seven years, I can safely that’s true and that the people working here make it what it is.

What does a typical day look like in Three?

Busy! No two days are ever the same!  Every day there’s an opportunity to learn something new, and it’s extremely fast paced environment but never boring. Most importantly, we always ensure that we have fun along the way.

What is your favourite part about what you do at Three?

My favourite part of what I do is helping my team deliver the ultimate experience for Three’s customers and knowing that we are doing our best to keep our customers connected. Also, the people I work with are incredible. One of our values is “We Work As One Team” and this value is displayed very strongly at Three. We work hard but we also have fun!

How has the pandemic affected your job?

While it’s definitely different, there have been some positive changes. Our ways of working changed over the course of the pandemic, and we now know we can successfully work remotely, and this helps with the work/life balance.

How did changing careers affect your life outside of work?

In my previous role, I would’ve worked late every Thursday/Friday evening and all day every Saturday. In my current role I only work one weekend in every 4 and 1 late shift every 4 weeks and because our rotas are published 1 month in advance, I have the availability to plan ahead. We also have the option to swap shifts with our colleagues which gives us even more flexibility and this definitely helps with my work/life balance.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I know for sure my career will be with Three. There’s a lot of avenues available with Three and the opportunities are endless so who knows!

What do you love about Limerick?

I can’t answer this question without mentioning the Chicken Hut! The nightlife has always been great in Limerick with a lot of options to choose from. We have brilliant live bands in Dolans, the Milk Market and Live At The Castle in King John’s Castle. The atmosphere is always fantastic in Limerick when our Munster rugby and Limerick hurling teams are playing. There’s loads to love about Limerick!

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