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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Keith Hayes


Health Service Executive

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  Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

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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Growing Optimism for the Construction Sector

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Growing Optimism for the Construction Sector

Monday, January 12, 2015 

Growing Optimism for the Construction Sector

The latest Ulster Bank Construction PMI showed increased Civil Engineering activity for the third month running, with  sharp rise in new business amid stronger demand.

New orders continued to show expansion in December, albeit at a slower pace than the previous four months, and companies increased their workforces at a rapid rate.

Demand in the sector has risen for 18 months in a row and companies expect this trend to continue as sentiment remains strong with about two thirds of respondents predicting higher activity in a year's time.

Challenges in the housing sector continue, but housing is beginning to increase at a realatively rapid rate, but it's increasing from a very low level. "We had an all-time record low level of housing activity in 2013, and in 2014 we did see an increase which is encouraging. "However, it is still falling short of the requirements that the economy and society faces", according to Simon Barry, Chief Economist with Ulster Bank.

Is a career in Ireland's Building, Construction and Property Sector for you? Explore the range of occupations and related college courses here.

The CareersPortal Team