Mary Lucey, the Founder of Career Ahead, is a Professional Education and Career Consultant. Having worked in the public sector for over 30 years, in 2020 Mary set up her own Company called Career Ahead. The main aim of Career Ahead is to provide a centre for support and advice in relation to education and careers. Clients include primary and secondary school students, parents, teachers, college students, graduates and those working and looking to re-train, return to college or make a change from their current position. Career Ahead ensure individuals have sufficient information, advice, and support to make the correct decisions in relation to their education and/or careers.
Mary herself has a Business Studies Degree with specialisations in Personnel and Industrial Relations. She has postgraduate qualifications in both Business Education and Information Technology, in addition to a variety of Continuous Professional Development qualifications. Mary has worked in Education for over 30 years, in the third level sector, the further education sector and on apprenticeships.
Mary has been the recipient of several Business and Media Awards. She has sat on judging panels for a variety of regional and national business and training awards. She is a strong advocate of gender balance in education and careers and was awarded a Fellowship by the ICS for her work in promoting Technology to females. Mary gladly volunteers her time to serve on several Boards of Management for organisations and charities in Kerry. She is delighted to be a member of St Vincent de Paul’s Education Committee and is in awe at the tremendous work the organisation does to promote and support education.
Mary appears as an Education and Career Expert on national television, representing both her own Company, Career Ahead, and other organisations too. She has regular slots on a number of radio shows and writes for local, regional and national media. She is regularly contacted to voice opinions and provide advice on educational and career matters by the
Throughout her career, the focus for Mary has been on the individual – and how best to provide advice and support to pave out a future career that is just right for each person. Mary believes the key to success in college and/or in a career is to follow interests and passions so that people are motivated and excited in their studies and/or careers.