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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics

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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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School & College Education - <p>This section has information on Primary, Secondary and Third Level education in Ireland</p>
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Leaving Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Leaving Cert in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Students normally choose 6 to 8 subjects from the list. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although two subjects, Irish and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Students following the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) take 6 or 7 Leaving Certificate subjects and two additional Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students follow a self-contained pre-vocational programme made up of a range of courses that are structured round three elements: Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical
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Science
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  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Physics
  more...  Physics and Chemistry
Artistic
  more...  Art
  more...  Music
  more...  Design and Communication Graphics
Humanities
  more...  Arabic
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  English
  more...  French
  more...  Irish
  more...  Geography
  more...  German
  more...  Hebrew Studies
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Japanese
  more...  Latin
  more...  Russian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  Other Language
  more...  Ancient Greek
Social
  more...  Home Economics
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  Religious Education (Non Examination)
Business
  more...  Accounting
  more...  Business
  more...  Economics
  more...  Agricultural Economics
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