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 Paul Shortt from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Paul Shortt

Industrial Relations Officer

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My current role requires a lot of self-motivation as it is largely autonomous, while colleagues are always on hand to give advice and counsel, the decisions as to how to progress cases or deal with problems are ultimately my call.

The job requires someone who is able to work under pressure, is comfortable with public speaking, is confident, assertive and decisive. These are all skills that can be learned with experience, involvement with organisations in school or university that involve managing workload, organising information and debating would all be useful in developing such skill sets.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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IT Tallaght

IT Tallaght

IT Tallaght


SciFest 2016 - IT Tallaght

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2016

Venue: IT Tallaght

SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and at regional level in the Institutes of Technology. The aim of the SciFest is to encourage a love of science, technology and maths through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for students at local, regional and national level to present and display their scientific investigations.

Contact Details:

Dr Brian Murray

Phone: 01 404 2811