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.

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Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

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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KBC Bank Ireland to Create 100 New Jobs

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KBC Bank Ireland to Create 100 New Jobs

Friday, February 13, 2015 

KBC Bank Ireland to Create 100 New Jobs

KBC Bank Ireland expects to create about 100 new jobs in Ireland this year as it continues its retail expansion by opening five additional branches to bring its total to 15.

KBC has already earmarked Naas and Kilkenny as prime locations for their new facilities.

Speaking to The Irish Times, KBC Bank Ireland chief executive Wim Verbraeken said: “Last year we recruited 250 people. This year the number will probably be somewhere around 100. We’re now close to 1,000 and I think we’ll probably plateau somewhere around that total.”

Mr. Verbraeken said KBC’s has targeted 15 branches in total for Ireland. “Once we are at 15 we will consider whether further investments are most appropriate, whether it should be our physical network, digital, online or call centres.”

Current job vacancies with KBC Bank Ireland include:

  • Java Developer
  • Project analyst
  • Company secretary
  • Solutions architect
  • Direct sales advisor

To view a full list of vacancies click here.

Learn more about the Financial Services sector in Ireland with a range of career videos and industry related articles here.


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