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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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DK862
Social Care

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

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In this programme you will explore and analyse the development of current and future trends in social care in Ireland and how legislation in this area is drafted and regulated.

As well as learning about different models of social care and their appropriateness to different situations, you will also learn how to deliver a social care service, both alone and as part of a team, to people in community, day-care and residential settings.

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DK862 - Social Care
Dundalk IT

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DK862 - Social Care
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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There are various career options within Social Care. These include working with:

  • children and adolescents in residential childcare;
  • people with learning or physical disabilities;
  • the homeless;
  • people with alcohol or drug dependency;
  • families in the community;
  • older people;
  • recent emigrants to Ireland;
  • the state sector (for example the Departments of Health and Children, Education and Science, and Equality and Law Reform);
  • the voluntary sector, (which includes organisations like Barnardos and the Brothers of Charity, many of which are fully or partially funded by the government).



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