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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Every year, thousands of Adult Learners, ranging from early school leavers to people with a disability, to jobseekersdecide to go back to education on a part-time or full-time basis.

The reasons people decide to return to learning are wide and varied too:

  • Maybe you want to improve your job prospects?
  • Perhaps you are exploring a career change?
  • You may want to update your skills (information technology has transformed the workplace and we all need to constantly upskill to keep up-to-date)
  • You might simply want to learn for fun?
Whatever the reason, there are lots of opportunities out there for adult learners.

Going back to study as an adult can be daunting, particularly if you had a negative experience of formal education. The good news is that, as an adult learner, you decide what education and training options best suit you. Adult learning options are wide and varied and they are designed to be enjoyable, relevant to your interests, flexible and to fit in with work and family life.

When considering to further your education, consider whether you want your course to lead to a recognised award or not. Many adults simply want to learn about an area that interests them, and are not concerned with qualifications. On the other hand, if your course promises a recognised award, it is important to know who accredits it - otherwise you may not be able to use it for getting a job, or continuing your education further.

Click here to explore awarding bodies with the authority to accredit courses

Follow the links on this page to find courses that suit you, and explore a range of supports that may help you on your way.

  Hint: Health Service Executive
I plan to complete a masters in Employee Relations. I have done a year already but have taken some time out due to family circumstances. Another thing I would love to do is to do a course in employment law.
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