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


Margaret Donaghue

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Learn as much as you can in any situation that presents itself. Never be afraid to try something even if it scares you to do so. And give it all you have. Be a good listener and a good communicator and be fair.

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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+353 1 209 0797 is Ireland s national Career Guidance resource designed to provide a gateway to the most useful information available to those needing or providing career guidance in Ireland.

Our mission is to provide the most up to date career information to our users in an integrated, innovative, supportive and engaging manner.

The site was developed in 2007 to create a one stop portal providing and linking to careers information in Ireland. It is a resource to:

To date over 5 million people have used the site as a research tool and over 250,000 young people have taken part in our guidance programmes.

CareersPortal is based in Dublin and our staff come from a broad range of educational backgrounds including Psychology, Career Guidance (both 2nd and 3rd level), Adult Guidance specialists, HR professionals, Educational and IT professionals with many years experience working in schools, the career services, IT and education.

CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service

What is Guidance?

“Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society.” (National Guidance Forum Report 2007)

CareersPortal provides a professional guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions.

This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

To book an appointment contact Bernadette Walsh at or phone: 01-2090797. All guidance counsellors are fully qualified professionals and members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Note: This is a fee paying appointment service. We cannot provide individual guidance advice by telephone.

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Eimear Sinnott 
Bernadette Walsh 
Deirdre Hannigan 
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