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

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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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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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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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