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 Brenda O Loughlin from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Brenda O Loughlin

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McDonald's

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  Brenda O Loughlin
I guess I would tell anyone considering this job that they need to be able to multi task, have good people and communication skills and be prepared to work hard.
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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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Responsible for keeping the bedrooms and public areas clean and perfectly maintained, and for the running of the laundry in hotels, cruise ships and other hospitality venues. 

 
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Leaving Certificate plus professional award

Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.

 
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Level 6 Cert + Professional qualification
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Prepares and provides financial records and information for both accountants and financial managers.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus Professional award (PLC or Level 7 Ordinary Degree level courses).

Responsible for the daily processing of invoices and other financial transactions.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Ensures the smooth operation and control of the accounts, including expenses and general ledger systems.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Assists in the management, prioritisation and allocation of work as leader of an Accounts Department.

 
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Honours Degree (Level 8) in Engineering. specifically Electronic Engineering.

Advises on the management, regulation and control of the noises and vibrations that surround us in the home, the workplace and the environment.

 
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Researches and studies the physics of sound and vibration and also researches methods of controlling noise levels in industry, medicine and the workplace in general.

 
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Acts the part of a character in plays productions and advertisements for film, TV, radio and theatre. 
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<p>Level 8 Honours Degree that involves maths as a major subject plus Professional body award.</p>

Uses mathematical and statistical methods to assess financial probabilities for projects found mainly in the insurance industry.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus Holistic medical qualification.

Treats people who are sick by inserting needles into special areas of the body to relieve pain and sickness.

 
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A permanent official working in the Institutions of the EU, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the Court of Justice.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus professional award
Creates an advertising campaign for a client. Work involves marketing and packaging of products, market research, exhibitions and public relations services. 
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Level 7/8 Degree + professional qualifications

Works as the link between an advertising agency and the client. They find out about the client's advertising goals, and then organise the advertising department or agency's creative and planning staff to produce effective campaigns.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Spend their time brainstorming, planning and arranging ideas for new advertisements.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree in an area such as PR. Communications . English literature. Media.
Produce the written words or 'copy' for advertisements. This could be anything from slogans and text for printed ads and leaflets, to radio jingles and scripts for TV commercials. 
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Employed by advertising agencies to negotiate the purchase of advertising time or space on behalf of their clients.

 
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Decides how television, newspapers and other media can be used in advertising campaigns.

 
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Sell advertising space and time for newspapers, magazines, websites and on radio and television.

 
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Formal education not essential. though many entrants will have a degree

Provide free, confidential and impartial advice to clients on their rights in a range of legal, financial, social, employment and general consumer issues.

 
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Plan and install aerials, satellite and digital dishes to provide signals for individual homes, or buildings such as hotels and flats

 
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A Degree in agriculture with work experience.
Supervises departmental staff and monitors the implementation of various Government schemes relating to Agriculture, Food and Forestry. 
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Supports the work of engineers in a wide variety of areas, including the development and testing of new products for the farming industry, service engineering to install, repair and maintain equipment.

 
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Works for government agencies to ensure that traders, farmers and agribusinesses comply with all relevant laws and regulations.

 
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Specialises in identifying faults, repairing, overhauling and maintaining farm tractors and farm machinery.

 
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Leaving Certificate + professional award (i.e. Teagasc) or 3rd level qualification in Agriculture.
Helps to monitor the implementation of various Government schemes relating to Agriculture, Food and Forestry. 
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<p>Level 7 Degree or greater.</p>
Involved in all activities collectively referred to as Agriculture and related business and services. 
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Formal education not essential. though many entrants will have a degree

Aid workers typically operate in front line conditions, facilitating the effective distribution of humanitarian aid to people who have been hit by human or natural disasters.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate
Employed by the Irish Air Corps to learn a specialist skill or trade relevant to the efficient running of the Corps. 
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Leaving Certificate. Many successful applicants are degree holders.

Enlists in the Air Corps to train as a pilot flying both conventional and combat aircraft.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus 2 years training with the Irish Aviation Authority

Is the traffic warden of the skies, responsible for co-ordinating and directing aircraft along flight paths.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Performs repairs, safety checks and maintenance on aircraft.

 
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Leaving Certificate

Looks after the care, comfort and safety of airline passengers. They demonstrate safety procedures, prepare food, serve meals and drinks, as well as sell goods during the flight.

 
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Leaving Certificate and extensive interview and aptitude testing.

Flies a passenger aircraft, supervising crew, operating and monitoring flight controls.

 
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They are responsible for checking luggage against flight lists and taking it to the aircraft or to the reclaim conveyor belt.

 
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Supervises passengers on arrival at an airline check-in desk.

 
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Provides information for passengers and the general public at an airport information desk.

 
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Drivers providing the routine, non-emergency transport of patients, who are often older adults or people with disabilities, to and from hospitals.

 
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Leaving Cert plus further training

Operates a variety of commercial grass cutting machinery and other equipment in amenity horticulture environment e.g. sports ground maintenance.

 
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Degree in Medicine

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Analytical Chemists study the exact chemical composition of natural and artificial materials.

 
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Level 7 Ordinary Degree
Provides support for pathologists (specialist doctors) during post-mortem examinations. These exams aim to identify the cause of death, and involve analysing and dissecting the deceased. 
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Level 5 or 6 award along with on-the-job training required

Designs and creates an app for just about any computing device, from desktop computers to mobile devices. Once the app exists, the developer will help test it and correct any bugs prior to the launch of the app.

 
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Looks after and breeds laboratory animals used in medical, veterinary and dental research.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Brings animation and cartoons to life on both film and video following a pre-planned storyboard. They use drawing, modelling or computer graphics to make pictures and models come to life in order to entertain and/or inform people.

 
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Studies humans past and present, towards better understanding people and society.

 
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No formal education requirements. This is often viewed as a second career.
Antique Dealers purchase and sell old collectible items which are valued because of their artistic value, rarity, condition, or age. 
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Works on a commercial honey farm looking after hives of bees where honey is made, collected and sold.

 
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Formal education not essential. though many entrants will have a degree

An aboriculturist is required to carry out a lot of physical work in the care of trees. This includes felling, planting and performing tree surgery.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree in a related study area such as arboriculture. agriculture. forestry or horticultur

Works in the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. They examine trees to assess their condition before determining appropriate action.

 
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Degree or higher

Searches for knowledge of the past by studying and digging for ancient artifacts.

 
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Degree + Professional award

Designs, plans and directs the construction of buildings of all kinds and sizes, and changes to existing buildings.

 
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A fully qualifed Architect skilled in the principles and practice of the Conservation of old buildings and heritage sites.

 
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Leaving Certificate plus third level qualification

Plays a coordinating role in the technical design elements at the centre of the building design process.

 
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Degree + Postgraduate qualification
Organise archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival material. 
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Degree plus experience as a Sales Manager

In charge of a team of sales managers in a particular district or region.

 
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No formal education requirements. however age and height restrictions

Employed by the Irish Army to learn a specialist skill or trade relevant to the efficient running of the army.

 
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Leaving Certificate + on the job training

An Army Cadet trains to join the commissioned ranks as an Army officer, who essentially is the leader within the PDF. They provide leadership and management within the camp.

 
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Enlists in the Irish Army to train as a soldier. 
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Leaving Cert plus job specific training in specialist colleges. For example ITEC (Irish Training and

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine which uses essential oils, scents and smells to improve a patient's mood or health.

 
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Level 7/8 Degree + further professional qualification
A counsellor who specialises with art as a medium of expression. 
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No formal education required. Many artists have related training at third level

Creates pieces of art such as paintings, sculptures, mosaics, or photography.

 
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Responsible for the day-to-day running of arts and cultural organisations

 
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Level 6/7 Degree
Arts agents/promoters work to create and maintain contacts, for example gaining media coverage and exhibitions in galleries, to promote an artist and their work. 
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Leaving Cert or greater

Assistants in the EU work in supporting roles and are crucial for the internal management of the EU institutions.

 
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Leaving Certificate + professional qualification

Processes planning applications and all related matters and records progress and deals with enquiries.

 
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Degree + further training.

Commands or pilots a spacecraft, or serves as a crew member during a space mission.

 
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Level 9 Award in related subject area: MSc postgraduate courses in astronomy or physics would normal

Astronomers research stars, planets and the universe. They study and analyse maps, space, and the universe at large, using information from telescopes and satellites.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in related field

Investigates atmospheric phenomena and interprets meteorological data gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses.

 
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Responsible for the security of the collection in a gallery or museum, as well as for the safety of the public and assisting visitors.

 
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An Au Pair works in a private home, assisting parents (or a lone parent, guardian or carer) in the daily care of the children and the house.

 
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Level 6 Cert or greater
Assesses the value of property and arranges for sale by auction. 
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Level 8 Honours Degree in medicine + professional qualifications

Specially qualified professional who measures hearing, diagnoses and advises on the management of hearing disorders, and supplies and fits hearing aids and other hearing devices to suit individual needs. Otherwise known as a Hearing Technician.

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

 
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Examines and inspects internal and external financial management processes in the EU

 
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Find and diagnose faults in the electrical wiring and electrical/electronic parts of motor vehicles.

 
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Junior/Leaving Certificate + Cert or Diploma

Bakes and decorates bread and confectionery of all kinds.

 
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No formal education requirements.
Assists with the technical set-up of a rock or pop band when they are on tour. 
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Most managers would have third level qualifications
Plans, directs and co-ordinate activities of workers in bank/financial setting. Establish and maintain relationships with clients, oversees the flow of cash and financial instruments. 
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Leaving Certificate + on the job experience. Third level qualifications are frequently required.
Works behind the counter at a bank branch performing general banking duties. Sometimes refered to as a "Cashier". 
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Leaving Cert or greater

Deals directly with customers of a bank, taking in and giving out money, distributing cheque books, and dealing with customer questions. Sometimes referred to as a "Cashier".

 
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Leaving Certificate + Relevant experience

Responsible for the entire operation of the bar including stock, cash, recruiting and training staff. 

 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Represents people in court of law by stating their case before a judge and jury.

 
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No formal education requirements (apprenticeship training through Failte Ireland desirable)

Attends to the serving of drinks in public houses, lounges, hotels and leisure centres.

 
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Leaving Certificate + PLC
Offers both face and body beauty treatments to clients and advises them on beauty care. 
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Sells cosmetics and other beauty preparations and advise customers on how to use these products.

 
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Provides and applies a range of cosmetic treatments and advice to improve the appearance and general well-being of their client.

 
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Manages a Betting Shop that is licensed to take bets from customers on sporting events such as horse races, greyhound races and football matches. 
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Level 6 Cert or greater

Translates, writes and interprets foreign language documents in an office environment.

 
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Works with the collection and analysis of massive amounts of data obtained from computer and internet users.

 
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Fix adverts or posters on to billboards, hoardings and mounted display units as well as digital displays and smaller adverts in public places and bus shelters. 
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Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree

Studies the chemistry of animals and plants and analyses their cells and tissues.

 
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Science Degree
Niche areas

Studies, analyses and collects information about both plant and animal life.

 
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Works under supervision of a lead scientist, and specialises in routine practical tasks essential to research and development in areas such as genetics, microbiology and chemistry.

 
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Carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

 
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Degree

Scientists who study and work with micro-organisms in a variety of areas including alcohol manufacture, agricultural genome mapping and medical science.

 
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Leaving Certificate + Relevant experience. Level 6 Cert or greater recommended

Works with iron or steel to create custom objects such as iron gates, grills, ornamental railings, candlesticks, light fixtures, furniture, sculptures, tools and horse shoes.

A Blacksmith is a recognised craftsperson.

 
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Constructs, repairs and restores the hulls and fittings of pleasure and small, commercial crafts including yachts, dinghies and narrow boats. 
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Works to protect a famous or important person from potential threats. 
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No formal qualifications required.
Involved in all aspects of the printing process after printing, using manual and automated techniques.