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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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9 Thousand FREE Higher Education Places for Jobseekers

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9 Thousand FREE Higher Education Places for Jobseekers

Thursday, May 07, 2015 

9 Thousand FREE Higher Education Places for Jobseekers

Springboard+ 2015 has been launched today at the Department of Education & Skills. The new Springboard+ course menu will provide 9,000 free higher education places for jobseekers.

Springboard+ offers free training to eligible jobseekers to retrain and reskill for sectors in which there is a need for skilled personnel.

Courses last no longer than 12 months and are from certificate to master’s level. The range of courses available includes:

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Business and Management
  • Financial Services Technology
  • International Financial Services
  • Economics and Finance
  • Computing
  • Mobile Cloud Gaming
  • Software Development
  • Procurement and Estimating for Construction
  • Construction Management
  • Lean Construction Scheduling and Control
  • Building Regulations, Implementation and Compliance
  • Construction Business Excellence
  • Construction Informatics
  • Construction Contract Management
  • Building CAD with Revit Architecture
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Food Innovation
  • Food Supply Chain Operations
  • The Green Economy
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing
  • E-Bio Pharmachem

And many, many more ...


Click image for full course list. Course applications can be made online.

About Springboard+

Springboard+ is one of the five Government programmes that feature in Skills To Work - a government information campaign that makes it easier for jobseekers and employers to know what Government skills initiatives are available to them and to encourage businesses to employ people currently on the Live Register.

What is it?

Springboard+ offers an opportunity to retrain and reskill for jobs that are available now and in the future in Ireland. All courses run for a maximum of twelve months. The majority are part-time, enabling jobseekers to keep social protection supports. Eligible jobseekers can take part in courses free of charge.

What does it do?

Springboard+ is designed to help unemployed people to get their careers back on track. It also offers intensive ICT conversion courses which are open to everyone. This year Springboard+ 2015 will fund 290 courses through 42 higher education providers all over Ireland. Courses are developed with input from industry and enterprise so that graduates are emerging with the skills that employers need.

Springboard+ courses are run by over 40 different higher education colleges around the country, including universities, institutes of technology, and privately-run colleges. Career advice and job readiness coaching are an integral part of all courses, and the majority (over 90%) include a work placement.

Why is Springboard useful?

To date over 20,000 people have taken up a Springboard course. 94% say they would recommend Springboard to other jobseekers (2014 evaluation).

Springboard has been particularly successful in supporting people who are long-term unemployed to get their careers back on track. Some of their stories can be found here.

Where can I find more information? 

Click HERE for full information on courses, college locations, eligibility to participate and information on the experiences of some of the 20,000+ people who have already availed of a Springboard opportunity.

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