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

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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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Information Officer

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€22k > 55 
Information Officer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 55 
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Entrants: 22 - 26
Established: 35 - 55
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Organises, researches and collects information in a specialised reference library.


The Work header image

Information Officers are not unlike librarians. They handle information in a variety of media, books, journals, newspapers, leaflets, video, audio cassettes, microfiche, multimedia, CDs, computer databases, etc. Their responsibilities include:

  • being aware for new publications and materials and deciding what to add to the library

  • cataloguing, classifying and indexing new material to make it available to library users

  • helping people to access the information

identifying, selecting, ordering and managing both hard copy and electronic resources for the organisations current and anticipated information needs. This may also include answering queries from an immediate client group and the general public. 


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As an Information Officer you need to be an out-going person capable of dealing with and communicating with people effectively both written and orally.  
 
You need to possess good research skills and an enquiring mind, an appreciation of the role of information technology and the ability to cope with it, as it is used extensively to record, store and disseminate information.  
 
A high level of literacy is required and an interest in reading is desirable to keep up to date with new information.  
 
You must also be able to market library services and teach users library and information-seeking skills.  
 
You also need to be able to work as part of a team in order to retrieve and communicate information to clients and other team members.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as you will need to keep yourself informed of latest developments.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Advice worker - from:  GradIreland
Go..Freedom of Information Officer - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..Information & Membership Supervisor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Information Architect & Volunteer Mentor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Information Officer - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..Information officer - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: UCD School of Information and Library Studies
  Address: Library Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 716 7055/7080
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