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


Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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  Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.


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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Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute 
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    At Cavan Institute we welcome students of all ages, abilities and nationalities and guarantee to provide each and every student with a learning environment which is both innovative and supportive. Our friendly and welcoming ethos in Cavan Institute will ensure that your time with us will be both enjoyable and fulfilling. We thank you for your interest and look forward to welcoming you to Cavan Institute.

    We outline below some of the facilities available on campus and the activities that take place during the year. For over 25 years, Cavan Institute has provided the highest quality education and service to the people of Cavan and beyond. We have been at the cutting edge of developments in Further Education through innovative course development.

    Cavan Institute was established in 1985 and the campus now spans over four locations in the town. Our main campus is located on Cathedral Road, Cavan. Across our campuses, facilities include:

    • numerous lecture theatres
    • high spec computer labs
    • a music studio
    • an industry standard catering kitchen
    • football pitches for soccer and gaelic
    • an indoor sports hall
    • a fully equipped gymnasium
    • Institute Library
    • high speed fibre optic broadband
    • on-campus canteen and stationery shop