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 Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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  Mark	Maguire
The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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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