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 Mary Joyce from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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Job Bridge


JobBridge, The National Internship Scheme, became operational on 1st July 2011. The scheme provided internship opportunities of 6 or 9 months in duration, for unemployed individuals with organisations across the private, public and community & voluntary sectors.

The aim of the JobBridge Scheme was to provide those seeking employment with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, maintain close links with the labour market and to enhance their skills and competencies through a quality internship opportunity.

JobBridge scheme ends

On October 19th 2016, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announced that the current JobBridge internship programme was to close to new participants. 

From 21st October 2016, JobBridge closed to new applications. Existing nine-month JobBridge placement holders will continue until the conclusion. People who have already applied for positions will have until 25 November 2016 to start the internship. A review of JobBridge has recommended that it should be replaced by a new work experience programme. Details on the new scheme are to follow.

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One of the best things I like about my job is that every day I learn something new. As engineers we are continuously having our skill set ‘upgraded’, so ongoing training is almost a requirement. When I was employed by a multi-national corporation we had many engineers world wide who were experts in various fields, and we used in-house training sessions to improve our knowledge. Over the years I have also attended numerous international seminars, and industry gatherings. Each project that we work on always involves a research stage where we have to acquire a new piece of knowledge as we continue to develop cutting edge products.
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