Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked John Harding from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


John Harding

Mechanical Engineer


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  John Harding
To be an engineer, a person must firstly have a degree. Having an interest in what you are working at is always half the battle. Being technically minded is also a great benefit.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Intreo is a new service from the Department of Social Protection which will provide a single point of contact for all employment and income supports.

Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers alike. 

These new "one-stop-shops" for jobseekers are currently being rolled out around the country.

What services and supports are provided by Intreo?

  • Employment services and income supports available in one place.
  • Expert assistance and advice on employment, training and personal development opportunities.
  • A focus on your individual needs to assist you enter the workforce.
  • Self-service facilities to provide you with information and guidance on employment and training opportunities.
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To contact you nearest Intreo office click here

  Hint: Failte Ireland
I'm very lucky because Hilton has an on-line university offering over 500 courses in all areas of hospitality.  Continuous personal development is crucial & my company is very focused on learning
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