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 Paul Shortt from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Paul Shortt

Industrial Relations Officer

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  Paul Shortt
My current role requires a lot of self-motivation as it is largely autonomous, while colleagues are always on hand to give advice and counsel, the decisions as to how to progress cases or deal with problems are ultimately my call.

The job requires someone who is able to work under pressure, is comfortable with public speaking, is confident, assertive and decisive. These are all skills that can be learned with experience, involvement with organisations in school or university that involve managing workload, organising information and debating would all be useful in developing such skill sets.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Entry Requirements

AGE

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Grade D in five Junior Certificate exams, or an approved equivalent.

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  • If you don’t meet the minimum Junior Cert requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice if you successfully complete an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course.

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  • You can also be eligible if you are over 16 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience, as deemed acceptable by SOLAS. 

It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.

NoteExperience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for certain apprenticeships, due to the technical nature of the particular trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert, including Maths (with at least a grade C3 in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

SafePass and/or Manual Handling Certification are also valued by employers in certain sectors.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Your employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • Your employer must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

Always check the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment for any changes to entry requirements.


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