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 Sarah Lynch from Bank of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sarah Lynch

HR Business Partner

Bank of Ireland

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  Sarah Lynch

I would encourage anyone who was considering a role in HR to get a HR qualification and to become a member of the CIPD.  


Whilst these are not essential requirements for all starter roles in HR, they will be extremely beneficial when trying to progress from there.



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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Jobs in Demand

The Labour Market is constantly changing, with certain career sectors growing and others declining according to local and global change.

Currently, companies in Ireland are having difficulty in recruiting people with particular skills and experience, and labour market predictions indicate that some of these areas will continue to be a concern for employers over the next few years.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) publish a list anually, of what occupations and roles are experiencing skills shortages, and make recommendations for colleges and educators to alter their programmes to facilitate the ongoing changes.

This is good news for people looking for employment or a career change - it means that they can upskill or retrain themselves to be qualified for the jobs in demand, with a better than average chance of finding employment in their chosen area.

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  Hint: Teagasc
I'm doing ongoing courses in safety, though probably at this stage in my career I'll be doing more at the business end of things, doing courses on communications and management and things like that. I have attended some small courses on spraying and chainsaws, things like that at various times over the years. Some of these are run by Teagasc,FETAC, ALCI and others. I attend business seminars, as well as other relevant seminars, on a regular basis in order to keep up to date with industry trends.
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