This week in our MHC Life series, we speak to Harry Robinson, an Associate on our Real Estate team. Harry talks about his career journey and his favourite tv show.
Tell us a bit about you and your career journey to MHC – what inspired you to get into this career?
Being from Northern Ireland and having studied at Queen’s, my career also began in Belfast training as a solicitor with law firm, Carson McDowell. On qualification, I joined its Real Estate Team having enjoyed my seat in this department most.
I took a job opportunity and left private practice to move to an in-house role within a large Irish bank, which saw me also move to Dublin. This role involved working on loan portfolio sale and purchases.
While I enjoyed this role, I decided that working in-house wasn’t best suited to me: I missed the client interaction, variety of work and career progression I feel private practice provides. Acting on this decision, I applied to Mason Hayes & Curran and was thankfully brought onto the Real Estate Team almost two years ago.
I’ve now been in Dublin for three years…. but my accent definitely won’t give that away.
Favourite thing about Mason Hayes & Curran?
The Sports and Social events. The Committee does an amazing job of organising fantastic events. In the last year alone I’ve attended Oktoberfest, Run in the Dark, the Christmas Party and The Mother of All Parties, that most certainly lived up to its name - I’m sadly aware I might never be at a party like it again!
These events, and many others organised by various committees within MHC, have provided a great opportunity to put faces to names/emails, to get involved and make friends with people from all departments within the firm.
Talk us through a typical day for you
My day begins with about 3 consecutive alarms followed by a black coffee. I don’t know how anyone operates differently but they’re inspirational.
When I’ve myself together, I then cycle to the office picking up breakfast and another coffee. Unless there’s a matter of urgency, when I first log on, I check my inbox and plan out what work needs carried out and in what order based on priority.
Throughout the day I work through my to-do list, make calls, chat with colleagues and keep on top of emails. No two day’s work is ever the same and although sometimes it can make life stressful, overall I like that about my role.
When I feel I’ve been as productive as I can be for the day, I normally go to the gym before cycling home to undo the benefit of my workout with whatever food is available to me.
‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’ Nelson Mandela.
What tv shows have you binge watched recently?
I’ve recently binge watched all 9 seasons of The Office (US version).
Popular Opinions: (1) Far better than the UK version and (2) season 1 was awful but worth persevering for the remainder seasons.
Unpopular Opinion: Michael Scott (Steve Carell’s character) was irritating and (spoiler alert) the show was better without him.
If I wasn’t a solicitor, I would be……
I reckon I’d like to be a TV presenter. It seems a very positive and upbeat job where you get to travel and meet interesting people hearing a bit about them and their story.
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