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 Deirdre Kelleghan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Deirdre Kelleghan

Amateur Astronomer

Smart Futures

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  Deirdre Kelleghan
Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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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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