Leaving Certificate Business students showed true entrepreneurial flair when they decided to invite Aiden Mannion to the school. After watching the ‘Better off Abroad’ show on RTE 1 presented by George Lee, their interest was piqued when they realised that one of the main contributors was Aiden who is a native of Ballyheane and brother of Miss Mannion.
On the programme, he spoke about his work with the San Francisco 49ers American football team and his role in selling corporate seats at the Levi’s Stadium to companies as diverse as Google and Facebook to Philips Electrical. While this indeed can be a fast-paced, stressful and ultra-competitive work environment, Aiden enjoys his work and the Californian lifestyle. Considering he is presently living in San Francisco and is just an hour away from Las Vegas, who can blame him?
During his talk with the students, Aiden shared some of his sales acumen ranging from dealing with targets, working with sales teams, managing clients, closing deals and the importance of building up strong business networks.
However, having graduated with a Business degree from Dublin City University, he consistently put emphasis on education and adopting a strong work ethic to both their studies and ultimately their chosen careers.
While Aiden has indeed worked hard he is certainly reaping his just rewards now. This will help motivate our students to put in the effort and who knows, in a few years George Lee may be wanting to hear their success story too.
On behalf of all at Rice College, thanks for the visit Aiden. Go 49ers