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 Lorraine O'Leary from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lorraine O'Leary

IT Support

Lidl

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  Lorraine O'Leary

In order to survive in this job you need to be flexible and patient. Technology is unpredictable and sometimes you need to make sacrifices on your personal time to get the job done well.

I think you need to love IT to work in IT as sometimes things need to be checked two or three times before they are implemented. Someone who can think logically would suit IT. You need to be able to take a step back and identify the common denominator before you can get to the root cause of the problem.

I would recommend doing a short course in IT before totally committing to a 4 /5 year degree. I know many people who started in my course in college but dropped out after a year or two as they decided IT was not for them. Many people think the role of IT is to sit in front of a PC all day but this is far from the turth.

There are many different roles within the IT Sector for example software developer, application developer, programmer.... Personally I like support because I can quantify my work for the day by the amount of issues I get resolved.

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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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Transition Year 'has numerous benefits' 


Thursday, May 20, 2010 




Transition Year 'has numerous benefits'Opting to do Transition Year (TY) often offers students numerous benefits, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dr Gerry Jeffers, lecturer in Education at NUI Maynooth, said TY has the "potential to give students good experiences that help them to grow up".

Eimear Sinnott of Careers Portal added that TY provides students with the opportunity to learn various skills which will be useful in their career.

"Good academic qualifications may be important for the workplace, but other qualities such as communication skills, problem solving and team work, which can be developed in Transition Year, are just as vital," she stated.

However, with the recession impacting on schools financially, many secondary level institutions are struggling to offer the year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said.

The ASTI's Transition Year coordinator Noel Buckley told the newspaper that more parents want their children to take the fourth year.

He noted: "They know that if they leave education early they will find it hard to get jobs. So, they are delaying the departure for as long as possible. This is putting pressure on school resources."

Earlier this year, Dr Jeffers told the newspaper that research suggests that students not only develop academically but also socially and personally during TY. ADNFCR-2470-ID-19788893-ADNFCR 




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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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