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

 

Nicola O'Higgins

Fishmonger

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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  Nicola O'Higgins
You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Education, Training & Development


Under the Education, Training and Development (ET&D) option of the Back To Education Programmes, a person may continue to receive (subject to certain conditions) his/her Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development.

Note: unlike the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) Scheme, this option is not a stand alone scheme. Persons who qualify under the ET&D Option continue to be paid Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit as appropriate, and must be available for employment for the duration of the course of education, training or development.

Courses which are not recognised under BTEA and which are being pursued at an institution which is funded wholly or partly by state agencies, may be approved under this initiative, if they lead to improved employment prospects on completion.

A broad range of courses may be approved under the scheme including: Personal Development, Literacy, General Training and Specific Job Skills courses.

Eligible participants must be:

  • At least 21 years of age or
  • Aged between 18 and 20 and out of the formal education system for at least 2 years
  • In receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit for at least 6 months
Further information on the ET&D Option is available click here
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Several H+S and construction management courses and welding courses. I plan on doing a project management course and CAD course in the near future.
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