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 Naoise Pye from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Naoise Pye

Social Care Worker

St. Michael's House

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  Naoise Pye
You need to be interested in people, and want to help them. Interests in Creative Arts can help as well as having a degree in Social Studies and having plenty of work experience.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Study Skills
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation
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The following worksheets are available free to download.

Career Skills

Introduces the topic of transferable skills. Includes Self-assessment exercise on 26 key skills.

Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment [pdf - 540Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Skills Definitions [pdf - 140Kb, 1 page]

Worksheet - Job Roles - All 1 - 10 [pdf - 464Kb, 10 pages]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hospital [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Band [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Airline [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hotel [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Supermarket [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hairdresser [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Sports Team [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Restaurant [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Construction Site [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Secondary School [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Blank [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]

Finding CAO Courses

Assists students identifying CAO courses by introducing 22 course subject areas and other criteria used to create a working shortlist of courses for further investigation. Used in conjunction with the CAO Wizard on this site.

Worksheet - CAO CourseFinder [pdf - 680Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - CAO Course Investigation Form [pdf - 133Kb, 1 page]

Career Interests

Introduces the notion of career interest categories in an interactive classroom based setting.

Worksheet - Community Project Exercise [pdf - 97Kb, 1 page]

Industry Sectors (Career categories)

Introduces the notion of career categories in the context of industry sectors. Students do a 'Sector Investigation' and present finding back to the class.

Worksheet - Career Sectors [pdf - 215Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Sector Investigation [pdf - 95Kb, 1 page]

Career Investigation

Worksheets designed to hold information collected during a career investigation, e.g that used by in the LCVP or LCA. Two versions exist:
Version 1 includes more evaluation,
Version 2 includes sections on Knowledge requirements and Career skills.
Version 3 is customised for the LCA
Versions 2 & 3 include a workplacement evaluation

Worksheet - Career Investigation 1 [pdf - 158Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Career Investigation 2 [pdf - 400Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Investigation 3 [pdf - 350Kb, 3 pages]

Work Placements

The Summary Worksheet is designed to summarise experience obtained during a work placement. The Student Worksheet is designed to help prepare for a work placement in advance.

Worksheet - Work Placement Summary [pdf - 88Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Student Worksheet [[pdf - 554Kb, 4 pages]

Learning Skills

A series of downloadable resources designed to facilitate student learning and goal setting during 5th and 6th year. Includes online Study Skills Test.

Go to Learning Skills Programme

Workbook - Learning Skills [pdf - 800Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Results Targets [pdf - 252Kb, 2 pages]

Worksheet 1 - Place of Study [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 2 - Organisation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 3 - Motivation & Goal Setting [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 4 - Reading Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 5 - Note Taking Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 6 - Revising and Exam Preparation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 7 - Exam Performance [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]

Worksheets 1-7 [pdf - 340Kb, 7 pages]

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