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 Yvonne Brady from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Yvonne Brady

HR Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Yvonne Brady
I would strongly recommend a career in HR specifically in hospitality. It is a flexible career with lots of options and opportunities to travel. A qualification in HRM is a good start and gaining work experience is really important. 

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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CAO STEM Courses Search Wizard

STEM Courses may be found in all Career Sectors. The following search finds courses in the sectors most commonly associated with STEM. Use the CAO Wizard search for courses in a wider range of career sectors.

Work down through the following 5 steps. It's OK to skip steps if you wish.


1. Select study areas (max 4)

Select one, two, three or four areas that interest you most. You can return to this screen as often as you like to make different selections
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CAO Course Investigation Form
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  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  
    Building, Construction and Property        
    Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences        
    Earth Science & Environment        
    Electronic & Electrical Engineering        
    Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing        
    Physical & Mathematical Sciences        
    Space Science and Technology        
or continue below...

2.Choose a level...

Select the qualification levels you want to include in your search.
  Levels 6 & 7
(Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree)

  Level 8
(Honours Degree, Higher Diploma)

3. Estimate your CAO points...

Enter the total points score from your best 6 subjects, and add at least 50.
    Note: Don't underestimate the points you can achieve. Click here for Points Calculator
(Enter a number higher than you expect to get - in many courses points are falling!)


4. Course Requirements...

Some courses have specific requirements. Tick the boxes that apply
to you.
  Maths Level: Foundation   Ordinary   Higher
  Lab Science: More Info No      
  Modern Language: No      
or continue below...

5. What Region or College...

Some courses have specific requirements, you can enter these here.


    Connacht Map of Ireland
    Dublin City
If you want to confine your list to one college only select a college below.




6. Include Non-CAO courses...


Some colleges offer courses directly to students outside of the CAO application system. Applications are made directly to the college. Points are not used for entry, although there may be specific subject requirements. Course fees apply.  

Feel free to return to this page to increase or reduce your course list by changing your responses to any of the steps above.