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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rachel Berry


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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

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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Adult Literacy Services in Ireland 

All over Ireland, lots of people are returning to learning and improving their reading, writing and maths. They are people who want to catch up on what they missed at school, parents who want to help children with their homework and those who would simply like to write a letter home. Whatever the reason for going back to learning, the benefits are always the same. Not only do people improve their old skills, but they also gain the confidence to learn new ones.

Currently in Ireland there are over 57,000 adults attending literacy courses nationwide. This service is mainly provided by the ETB Adult Literacy Services and is highly dependent on volunteers giving up 2 – 3 hours a week to tutor. At the moment there are 4,000 volunteer tutors providing one-to-one literacy tuition to adults with reading and writing difficulties. 

If you are interested, or know someone else who could benefit from a course contact your local Adult Education Officer (AEO) in your nearest ETB (Education and Training Board) for advice. 


In the past literacy was considered to be the ability to read and write. Today the meaning of literacy has changed to reflect changes in society and the skills needed by individuals to participate fully in society. It involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate and handle information.

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) provides many literacy supports, including distance learning and learning over the phoneFreephone the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), 1800 20 20 65 for support and information.

Distance Learning Opportunities

The aim of NALA’s Distance Learning Service is to provide high quality free distance learning opportunities targeted at improving literacy without regards to social, economic and cultural backgrounds and taking account of all levels of technical ability. is NALA’s interactive web site to help people improve their reading, writing and numbers skills online. The content is pitched at QQI Level 2 and Level 3. Users can study at the own pace and in their own time to improve their skills or get a national qualification. Users of the site can have their skills assessed across a number of areas and then be prescribed an individual learning plan to improve these areas. At the end of the learning phase, users are presented with an opportunity to have their skills assessed and request a national qualification. This is the first time that accreditation at this level has been offered in Ireland using the Internet.

Freephone Literacy Support

The freephone support line is operational throughout the year and is staffed by experienced operators who can identify learner’s needs and advise them on literacy services available to them. Much of the work carried out on the phone involves listening to caller’s previous and often negative experience of education and reassuring them that adult education is a very positive experience.

Following this callers are usually referred to their local ETB literacy service for one-to-one or group tuition; linked with a literacy tutor who will tutor them over the phone; and/ or posted relevant material.

Freephone 1800 20 20 65 or Freetext 50050.

You can find out more information about these literacy supports at or

For a full list of adult literacy supports around the country click here 

Where do you find out more Adult Basic Education courses? 
If you are interested, or know someone else who could benefit from a course contact your local Adult Education Officer (AEO) in your nearest ETB for advice. 

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Yes. I would be interested in getting the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) qualification. I found finance very interesting during my recent studies and would like to deepen my understanding of this topic.
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