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.

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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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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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Entertainment / Sports Manager

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
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€25k > 45 
Entertainment / Sports Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 45 
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Data Source(s):
FAS

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.
-5%
Occupational Category

Leisure & Sports Managers

Also included in this category:

Leisure centre managers; social club managers; theatre managers

Number Employed:

2,800

Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 70 / 30%
Non-Nationals: 8%
With Third Level: 62%
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Plans, organises, promotes, provide and develops leisure and recreational facilities, such as swimming pools and music venues.


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Ciara Roosli
Activities Instructer  

Ciara is an Outdoors Activity Instructor with Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford. She got a degree in Marketing and Languages in Waterford Institute of Technology, and then went travelling abroad for a while. She returned home to take up her current position and loves her job.

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Go..Entertainer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Go..Sports Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Leisure, Sport & Fitness
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Tourism & Hospitality

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Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 43
Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy
Athlone IT
Athletic Therapy and Training
DCU
Business with Sports Management
Limerick IT
Exercise and Health Studies
Waterford IT
Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer
Portobello Institute
Health and Leisure
Tralee IT
Health and Leisure Studies
Tralee IT
Health and Leisure with Massage
Tralee IT
Health and Leisure with Massage
Tralee IT
Outdoor Education (Castlebar)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Outdoor Education and Leisure (Castlebar)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Physical Activity and Health
Athlone IT
Physical Education with Biology
DCU
Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education
University of Limerick
Physical Education with Mathematics
DCU
Recreation and Sports Management
Waterford IT
Sport and Exercise (GAA)
IT Carlow
Sport and Exercise (Soccer)
IT Carlow
Sport and Exercise - Rugby
IT Carlow
Sport and Exercise Science
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Sport and Exercise Sciences
University of Limerick
Sport Coaching & Performance
Letterkenny IT
Sport Science
IT Carlow
Sport Science and Health
DCU
Sports and Exercise Management
UCD (NUI)
Sports Coaching and Performance
Waterford IT
Sports Development and Coaching
Limerick IT
Sports Management
UCD (NUI)
Sports Management and Coaching
IT Blanchardstown
Sports Management and Coaching
IT Blanchardstown
Sports Management and Coaching (GAA, Rugby or Soccer)
IT Carlow
Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy
IT Carlow
Sports Science & Physical Education
Portobello Institute
Sports Science and Health
IT Tallaght
Sports Science and Health
IT Tallaght
Sports Science with Exercise Physiology
Athlone IT
Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles)
Limerick IT
Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles)
Limerick IT
Sports Studies
Letterkenny IT
Sports Studies and Physical Education
UCC (NUI)
Sports Therapy
Portobello Institute
Strength & Conditioning
Setanta College
Strength and Conditioning
IT Carlow


Further Ed & PLC Course Suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.

Courses found: 95


Outdoor Recreation
Sport & Leisure Management
Monaghan Institute
Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies
Galway Community College
Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies - Year 1
Crumlin College of Further Education
Theatre Production & Design Studies
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Outdoor Adventure Management - HND
Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education
Sport & Recreation
Mercy College Sligo
Sport & Gym Instruction Studies
Bray Institute of Further Education
Music (Production) - HND
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Sports Injuries & Therapy - 1
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Sport Coaching & Leisure Management
Cavan Institute
Football - Association
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Sport & Recreation Coaching Studies
Galway Community College
Theatre - Technical
Inchicore College of Further Education
Sport & Recreation
Waterford College of Further Education
Sound Engineering
Bray Institute of Further Education
Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Kerry College of Further Education
Sport & Recreation
Carlow Institute of Further Education
Sport Development - Advanced
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
Health & Fitness - Sports Coaching
Portlaoise College
Media Engineering / Sound Engineering
Drumshanbo College of Further Education
Sound Production
Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Sport and Recreation
Central College Limerick
Music - Technology
Kylemore College
Outdoor Recreation
St. Kevin's College Crumlin
Outdoor Recreation
Lanesboro Community College
Outdoor Sport & Recreation
Schull Community College
Sport & Recreation
Ramsgrange Community School
Music Technology, Sound Engineering & Production
Cavan Institute
Sport & Recreation Management
St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon
Fitness & Health
Waterford College of Further Education
Outdoor Adventure Education
Kinsale College of Further Education
Music Management & Production
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Sound Production
Mallow College of Further Education
Health & Fitness - Leisure Management
Portlaoise College
Sound Engineering & Music Technology
Waterford College of Further Education
Outdoor Sport & Recreation
Lough Allen College
Sport & Exercise Science, Health & Fitness Diploma
Inchicore College of Further Education
Music Production - HND
Bray Institute of Further Education
Sport and Recreation
Carlow Institute of Further Education
Out­door Sport and Recreation
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
Sport & Leisure Management - Health & Physical Activity
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Health Science - Physiology and Sport
Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education
Sport. Health & Fitness Studies
O'Fiaich Institute
Outdoor Recreation
Sport & Recreation
St. Joseph's Secondary School Ballybunion
Sport & Recreation
McEgan College
Exercise & Health Fitness
Ormonde College of Further Education
Sports Injury Treatment
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
Coach and Physical Education 1
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Sports Performance & Coaching
Galway Technical Institute
Health, Fitness & Sport Performance
Monaghan Institute
Sound Engineering
Dunboyne College of Further Education
GAA Coaching Studies
Galway Community College
Sport & Recreation
Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School
Sport Development - Advanced
Listowel Community College
Sports, Recreation & Massage Studies
Mallow College of Further Education
Sport Development - Advanced
Limerick College of Further Education
Sport Coaching & Exercise Studies
Monaghan Institute
Music Production
Cavan Institute
Music Technology & Sound Engineering
Carlow Institute of Further Education
Outdoor Recreation
Cavan Institute
Studio & Live Sound Production
Galway Technical Institute
Sport & Physical Therapy Studies
Monaghan Institute
Sport & Recreation
Banagher College - Colaiste na Sionna
Sport & Recreation
Lanesboro Community College
Sport & Recreation
Nenagh College
Sound Engineering & Media Technology
Mallow College of Further Education
Sports Injury Management
Limerick College of Further Education
Sport & Recreation
Ardscoil Phadraig
Coach and Physical Education 2
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Resistance Training & Weight Training for Sport
Setanta College
Physical Fitness & Conditioning + ITEC Gym Instruction Certificate
Setanta College
Strength & Conditioning
Setanta College
Physical Fitness & Conditioning for Sport
Setanta College
Audio and Music Technology
Pulse College
Games Development
Pulse College
Sound Production
Colaiste Chiarain Croom
G.A.A. Coaching & Sport Performance
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Sports Injuries & Therapy - 2
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies - Year 2
Crumlin College of Further Education
Music Technology & Sound Production
Limerick College of Further Education
Sport & Recreation
Carrignafoy Community College
Sports, Recreation and Exercise
CityNorth College of Further Education
Outdoor Sport & Recreation
Duiske College
Outdoor Leadership
Kinsale College of Further Education
Sports, Recreation & Injury Therapy
Mallow College of Further Education
Sound & Radio Production - Advanced
Mallow College of Further Education
Sports and Recreation
Dunboyne College of Further Education
Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Central Technical Institute Senior College
Sport and Leisure Management Pre-University Physiotherapy
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Sport and Recreation Studies
Finn Valley College
Film Production (Part Time)
Pulse College
Games Development (Part Time)
Pulse College
Sports and Leisure Management – Soccer
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education