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 Deirdre Sayers from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.
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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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Third Secretary Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade

"I oversee the provision of consular and passport services to Irish holidaymakers and residents in Spain and Tunisia." Caitlin Higgins, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade / Civil Service. 

Following the completion of a PhD in History in Trinity College Dublin, I joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012, prior to Ireland’s EU Presidency.

My first role was in Europe Division, where I worked on a range of policy issues relating to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Anglo Irish Division

I subsequently moved to the Department’s Anglo Irish Division, where my duties included support for organisations involved in reconciliation work on the island of Ireland. I was also involved in planning for upcoming official commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

In mid-2015 I was assigned to the Irish Embassy in Madrid, which is also accredited to Tunisia. Madrid is Ireland’s busiest consular mission, with around 1.3 million visits by Irish people to Spain each year. It deals with over 25% of consular cases involving Irish people worldwide.

In my role as Consul, I oversee the provision of consular and passport services to Irish holidaymakers and residents in Spain and Tunisia. My roles in the Department to date have been interesting and varied. I would certainly recommend it to any graduate who is considering their future options.

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Article by: Caitlin Higgins