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

 

Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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  Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.

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Administrative 
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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Back to Work Enterprise Allowance: 


Thursday, April 07, 2011 




Back to Work Enterprise Allowance:

To qualify for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance you must, usually, be on the dole for at least a year.  You get your full dole payment (currently up to €188 a week) for the first year of claiming the allowance, and 75% of the dole (currently up to €141 a week ) in the second year.  You may be able to set up your own business and still get paid.

If you're studying or training full-time on a FAS or Failte Ireland course and you received the dole before starting those courses, you may also qualify for this allowance.

To apply, you must complete the BTW2 form (available from the Department of Social Protection) and send it to your local social welfare office, or your local partnership company, if you live in a partnership area.  It is important to remember you won't get this allowance if you set your business up before getting the approval of the Department of Social Protection, or your local partnership company.

Under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, you may get up to half of the cost (up to a maximum of €1,269.74) of your public liability insurance bill covered, as well as support for other start-up costs such as driving lessons, business mentoring, fax machines and computers..  The scheme also offers grants for training to keep your own accounts.  Irish Independent 06/04/11

 




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What are your Career Interests? 867

Realist
Realist
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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