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 James Sheridan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


James Sheridan

Restaurant Manager

Failte Ireland

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  James Sheridan

The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright


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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A wide range of information sources and supports are available to you when you are looking for a job in Ireland.

Organisations such as INTREO, the Local Employment Services (LES), INOU and Jobcare among others, provide a wide range of useful information and services including:

  • Information on entitlements
  • How to develop key skills required for the current labour market
  • Expert assistance and advice on employment, training and upskilling opportunities and
  • Practical supports such as CV and interview preparation

Just be mindful that each organisation provides it's own key supports.

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  Hint: Bank of Ireland

When I originally joined New Ireland Assurance I underwent extensive training provided by our in house training unit - courses ranging from underwriting, understanding the product and commission structures that can operate within a pension scheme.

There is ongoing further training in this company. I am due to attend a course in the next few weeks called Personal Development and Career Management. This course is designed for those who wish to review their career and plan how to influence the achievement of personal / career goals. I also intend to sit the Pensions Diploma Course next year and from that, the Fellowship Diploma Course.

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