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 Frank Morrison from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Frank Morrison

Recruitment Manager

Health Service Executive

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Be prepared for hard work.
Be a team player.
Have a good sense of humour.
Learn from your mistakes.
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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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Student Grants - SUSI


SUSI are still accepting applications for the 2016/17 academic year. Applications received before the 8th of July will be prioritised. 

Students attending full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate courses and full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) can get financial support through the means-tested Student Grant Scheme.

Grant rates for qualifying students vary according to a number of factors including: household income, family size and whether the student's college is close to their permanent residence.

The Student Grant Scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study.

SUSI is the new centralised online system for processing grant application forms. To view the online application form click here.

The Grant scheme is made up of 2 components:

  • A Maintenance Grant and
  • A Fee Grant.

The Maintenance Grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs, while the Fee Grant can cover any of the following 3 elements:

  • Tuition fees
  • Student contribution and
  • Cost of essential field trips.

In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will also qualify for whatever elements of a fee grant apply to your situation.

NB: Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the General Criteria  and to use the Ready Reckoner provided on the SUSI website. The eligibility reckoner is provided by SUSI to assist students in deciding whether they should apply for a student grant. It provides a quick indication of eligibility for grant funding based on the answers given to 10 questions without completing and submitting  a full online grant application. 

If you are doing a Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and getting the BTEA or a VTOS allowance you are exempt from the new student participant charge (€200). You may have to pay a course charge for books, exam fees and other costs.

To apply for student grant via SUSI click here
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I did an. M.Sc. in machine vision while I had my first job with MVT. At the moment I'm not planning on doing any more formal training, but I think it's likely I will take a business-related course (perhaps an MBA) at some point in the future. I might wait until my kids are in school first!
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