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 Dave McDonald from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


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A caring attitude is essential for Health and Safety – you need to be passionate about getting the message across to people and telling them why it is so important. After all, no-one wants to see anyone suffer harm or be in pain.

For astronomy, a yearning for answering the unanswered questions is a must. You also need to be dedicated and focused and not put off by the weather


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Dublin City University


VIP Fresher Competition Deadline 2016

Students have until Friday 26th August 2016 to enter our VIP Fresher Competition by recording your video telling us why you should be our winner.

The most fun and original entry will win a full VIP experience for their first year at DCU, including:

  • free accommodation on campus
  • free car parkin
  • free gym membership
  • free tickets to all DCUSU events
  • free Helix experience
  • free Domino's pizza
  • free food on campus and lots, lots more!

To enter, simply complete these simple steps:

  • Check out our website at to find out all that DCU has to offer.
  • Using that information, think of why you specifically want to come to DCU and what you feel you have to offer that should make us choose you as our VIP Fresher.
  • Record a video using your web cam or video cam (2 minutes max) clearly stating your name, school, where you're from and why you should be our DCU VIP fresher
  • Submit your entry as a ".mov" file to along with your school name and address and your CAO number.

The prize will be awarded to the student with the most original entry who meets the following criteria: Has chosen a DCU course as one of their CAO choices, met the minimum entry requirements for that course and have been awarded a place on that course.

Full details are available here