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 Alan O'Neill from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


Alan O'Neill


Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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  Alan O'Neill
Some may think that you can go untrained into fishing. The best advice I would give people considering fishing as a profession is to get training. Fishing is an all encompassing career - when you need to go fishing, the rest of your life goes on hold unfortunately. It is very unpredictabe because you could be fishing non stop for three weeks and tied up for two.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Work Placement Programme

The Work Placement Programme is a Government supported programme that brings employers and the unemployed together for up to a nine month work experience placement. Participants do not need to be in receipt of a social welfare payment.

The placement is unpaid and voluntary. However, if you are already in receipt of certain social welfare payments, you may be allowed to retain your payment while on a placement.
If you are unemployed and have not secured paid work, the programme allows you to apply your skills and gain valuable experience in a workplace setting. This could give you an edge when applying for jobs in the future. Employers benefit from having someone contribute to their business, whilst also enhancing the skills and career prospects of the individual.

How to Apply

To apply for placements you must be registered with INTREO/Employment Services and record your 'expression of interest' in the Work Placement Programme. You can do this at any local INTREO/Employment Service Office, or Local Employment Service Office (LES).
If you are already registered you can record your 'expression of interest' over the phone by calling Freephone 1800 611 116 or direct call 046 9738000.
If you are a graduate with a level 7 qualification you can apply for both the graduate placements (WPP1) and the non-graduate placements/everyone else (WPP2). 

Visit the Solas website for more information or click here for DSP details
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My enrolment on the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) course with the Irish Tax Institute and the successful completion of my Part 1 exams was a key factor to securing my training contract with Grant Thornton.
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