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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rachel Berry


Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

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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Help is at Hand as CAO 2015 Deadline Approaches

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Help is at Hand as CAO 2015 Deadline Approaches

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 

Help is at Hand as CAO 2015 Deadline Approaches

As the CAO application deadline approaches, there are lots of tools available FREE to students, from

If you are still exploring course choices and trying to narrow down your options - help is at hand.

Use the easily accessbile CareersPortal course search tools to help you choose the best courses to suit your interests!

1. No idea of what course you want to do? Try our:

2. Want to see all available courses in a particular study area? Use the Simple Search Tool:

3. Want to see all available courses in a particular college? Use the CAO Simple Seach Wizard by College:

For example: All Courses in DCU

3. Need a CAO Points Calculator?

Available online HERE, or download the iPhone or android CAOCalc App HERE

4. Is the PLC route for you? Explore PLC courses:


5. Want to know what PLC courses lead to a FETAC Award ? Use PLC Simple Search:


All searches have up-to-date courses including details of any New Courses for 2015 EntryDirect Entry courses are also available. 

6. Still not sure what courses are for you?

Why not do an INTEREST PROFILER HERE and see what course choices would suit YOUR particular interests?

7. Alternative routes ....

You can explore FETAC Progression Routes HERE 

How does FETAC work? Check out the FETAC Points Calculator.


The New CAO Video Guide 2015 is available HERE

The CareersPortal Team