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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  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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Intel upgrade to create 850 construction jobs 


Monday, January 17, 2011 




Intel upgrade to create 850 construction jobsAbout 850 construction jobs are to be created as Intel expands its Leixlip technology campus, the company has announced.

The technology giant, which posted record revenues last year, is investing $500 million (€376.9 million) in the construction project as it expects continuing worldwide demand for its products and services in 2011.

A further 200 high end employment positions will be created at the Leixlip campus once the construction work has been completed.

Commenting on the news, IDA Ireland chief executive officer Barry O'Leary welcomed the move and said it is a "significant strategic investment for Ireland".

"Given that the initial impact over the next two years will result in over 1,000 jobs between construction, contract and full time employment it is immensely positive news," he added.

Mr O'Leary also noted that high end manufacturing is key for Ireland's economic growth.

Last week, the IDA said it was supporting French financial software systems developer Murex as it expands its operations in Dublin.
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