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.

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My current role requires a lot of self-motivation as it is largely autonomous, while colleagues are always on hand to give advice and counsel, the decisions as to how to progress cases or deal with problems are ultimately my call.

The job requires someone who is able to work under pressure, is comfortable with public speaking, is confident, assertive and decisive. These are all skills that can be learned with experience, involvement with organisations in school or university that involve managing workload, organising information and debating would all be useful in developing such skill sets.
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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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Irish language strategy published 


Wednesday, December 22, 2010 




Irish language strategy publishedThe government has launched a new document which outlines plans for the Irish language. 

Called the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030, the plan aims to increase the number of people who speak Irish on a daily basis from 83,000 to 250,000 over the next two decades.

The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, said: "This new and comprehensive national plan will allow us to take a new approach and ensure that the state, language organisations and the public are working together to promote the Irish language."

Irish is currently a mandatory subject for students sitting the Leaving Cert, except for those who spent time living abroad or individuals with a learning disability.

Some 14,650 students took the higher level Leaving Cert paper this year, with 8.7 per cent achieving an A1.

A further 15,906 students undertook the ordinary level paper in the exams last June.
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Tact is knowing what to say (or not say) and when to say it (or not say it). Without sacrificing the message or the truth, deliver your message in such a way that it honours the humanity of the other person involved.

            
 

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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

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