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 Brian Kelly from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Kelly

Science Entrepreneur

BioPharmachem Ireland

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  Brian Kelly
Go for it!  But realise that its not going to be easy and things take time and there are LOTS of sacrifices to make. Also make sure you learn from your mistakes - because you will make them. It is really only a mistake if you don't learn from it.

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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National Career Skills Competition



National Career Skills Competition - 2014 Winners

Congratulations to all this years winners of the 2014 National Career Skills Competition.

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Transition Year Category

  Name: School: Occupation Explored: Teacher:
1st Niamh Connaughton Sacred Heart School, Drogheda Educational Psychologist Ms. Leonie Carroll
2nd Leah Ferrigan Coláiste Muire, Ennis Co. Clare Veterinary Medicine Ms. Niamh O'Regan
3rd Kate Iarajuli Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey Financial Accountant Ms. Maureen Maughan
Highly Commended Donal Sheehan CBS Charleville, Co. Cork Physician Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Highly Commended Fionnuala McKey Coláiste Muire, Ennis Co. Clare Environmental Health Officer Ms. Niamh O'Regan
Highly Commended Sophie Marron Coláiste Muire, Ennis Co. Clare Psychologist Ms. Niamh O'Regan
Commended Jack Frazer Coláiste Chill Mhantain, Wicklow Clinical Psychologist Mr. Bosco Guinan
Commended Ailbhe Colclough Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Surgeon Ms. Emer O'Keeffe
Commended Anna Fitzpatrick Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Business Consultant Ms. Emer O'Keeffe
Commended Elizabeth O'Kane Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Speech & Language Therapist Ms. Emer O'Keeffe
Commended Ellen Kelly Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Speech & Language Therapist Ms. Emer O'Keeffe
Commended Zara Khan Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Editor Ms. Emer O'Keeffe
Commended Rachel Mulally Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Community Pharmacist Ms. Emer O'Keeffe
Commended Shaunagh Kilker Coláiste Muire, Ennis Co. Clare Primary School Teacher Ms. Niamh O'Regan
Commended Emma Joyce Coláiste Muire, Ennis Co. Clare Solicitor Ms. Niamh O'Regan
Commended Ruth Gantley Coláiste Muire, Ennis Co. Clare Speech & Language Therapist Ms. Niamh O'Regan
Commended Étain Sweeney-Keogh Ursuline College, Finisklin, Sligo Politician Ms. Bríd Kelly

Leaving Cert Applied  (LCA)

  Student: School: Occupation: Teacher
1st Saoirse O'Driscoll Athboy Community School Personal trainer Ms. Emma Mooney
2nd Rebecca Murphy Athboy Community School Hairdressing Ms. Emma Mooney
3rd Nathan Nestor Gort Community School Assembly Technician  

Leaving Cert / Leaving Cert Vocational Programme  (LCVP)

  Student: School: Occupation: Teacher
1st David Wacks Ballybay Community College, Co Monaghan Community Pharmacist Ms. Rosemary Croarkin
2nd (Joint) Dale Chen St. Paul's CBS North Brunswick St. Doctor Ms. Amanda O'Reilly
2nd (Joint) Laura McPhillips St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan Journalism Ms Phyl Hughes
3rd James Morrissey St. Augustines College, Dungarvan Actuary Ms. Elaine Moore
Highly Commended Lucy Ward Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Archaeologist Ms. Geraldine O'Brien
Highly Commended Conor Galvin CBS Charleville, Co. Cork Primary School Teacher Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Commended Claire O'Brien Heywood Community School, Portlaoise Art Teacher (Secondary) Mr. Fred Tuite
Commended Grace Hickie Intermediate School, Kilorglin Veterinary Nursing Mr. Joe O'Dwyer
Commended Saoirse Griffin Intermediate School, Kilorglin Primary School Teacher Mr. Joe O'Dwyer
Commended Aoife Delaney St. Macdara's Community College, Templeogue Barrister Mr. Diarmuid Finnegan
Commended Hugh Moore CBS Charleville, Co. Cork Medicine Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Commended Odhran Hennessy CBS Charleville, Co. Cork Physiotherapist Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Commended Aaron Shorthall CBS Charleville, Co. Cork Computer Programmer Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Commended Jack Walsh CBS Charleville, Co. Cork Journalism Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Commended Mia Brennan Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Primary School Teacher Ms. Geraldine O'Brien
Commended Roisín Richards Grennan College Coroner Ms. Nicola Murphy
Commended Danielle Flynn Mercy College Sligo Primary School Teacher Ms. Fidelma carey
Commended Mika Egan Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Zoologist Ms. Emer O'Keeffe


Irish Language Category

  Student: School: Occupation: Teacher
Winner Ciara Ní Niaidh Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc Múinteoir Bunscoile Ms. Patricia Ní Fhlaithearta
Commended Aoife Ni Chonghaile Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc Staidéar Scannán Ms. Patricia Ní Fhlaithearta
Commended Niamh Ní Dhonnacha Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc Muinteoir Eacnamaíocht  Ms. Patricia Ní Fhlaithearta
Commended Alanna Ní Shuilleabháin Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc Fisiteiripe  Ms. Patricia Ní Fhlaithearta

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