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

 

Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Physical / Medical Disabilities

Physical disabilities are conditions that affect the physical body. They can be caused by anything from arthritis or amputation to spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spina bifida. Medical conditions such as cardiac or respiratory disease can also affect physical ability and mobility.

People with physical disabilities are more likely to be challenged by the physical environment and/or the attitudes and beliefs of society than by the disability itself. 

Those who use wheelchairs, calipers, crutches, canes or prostheses often find it difficult moving about the physical environment. Physical access to buildings themselves, or to particular rooms within buildings can be challenging.

In the work or college environment, time constraints such as those imposed by deadlines and timetables, can introduce added pressure in getting from A to B. Participation in activities with peers, or attendance at events can be hindered by low energy levels or fatigue.  

The Disabilities  A-Z section [Left] includes physical and medical disabilities and their characteristics in the context of educational and career progression:

  • How does the disability impact learning skills and development?
  • How does the disability impede educational opportunity and progression?
  • What learning tips and strategies are there for students with this difficulty?
  • What supports are out there for students with this particular difficulty or disability?
  • How will it impact on career choice?

Each section additionally includes links to relevant resources and information.