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 Jonathan Pugsley from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Jonathan Pugsley

Energy Manager

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Jonathan Pugsley

Communication and team skills are probably the most important aspect overlooked.

In energy management, it is not I that saves the energy, but often it is folks on the ground using the equipment.

It is the energy managers job to educate by communication, the importance of doing the right things, savings then come as a result.


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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Leaving Cert Helpline for Parents and Students

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Leaving Cert Helpline for Parents and Students

Monday, August 10, 2015 

Leaving Cert Helpline for Parents and Students

The Leaving Cert. Helpline is provided by the National Parents Council in partnership with the Irish Independent, Eircom and the Department of Education & Skills.

The purpose of the helpline is to assist students and their parents/guardians with any queries which may arise after the Leaving Cert. results have been released on Wednesday August 12th

Helpline Phone Number: 1800 265 165

Qualified Guidance Counsellors from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors will be on hand to provide information and advice to callers.  

The helpline opening hours are:

Wednesday August 12 10am-7pm
Thursday August 13 10am-7pm
Friday August 14 10am-1pm
Monday August 17
Tuesday August 18 8am-7pm
Wednesday August 19 8am-1pm

Click here for more information on Leaving Cert Results - What happens next?

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