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 Sarah Lynch from Bank of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sarah Lynch

HR Business Partner

Bank of Ireland

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  Sarah Lynch

I would encourage anyone who was considering a role in HR to get a HR qualification and to become a member of the CIPD.  


Whilst these are not essential requirements for all starter roles in HR, they will be extremely beneficial when trying to progress from there.



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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up May 8th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up May 8th

Friday, May 08, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up May 8th

This week saw just two jobs announcements as well as plans for a major investment in social housing expected to create over 300 jobs in the construction sector. Click on the links below for full details. 

  • You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 38,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

AND ...

  • Specialised Graduate hiring platform Shake is launched - has announced the first participant companies in its newly launched Shake Summer Internship programme to help Irish companies who are ready NOW to hire the best student and graduate talent in Ireland. 

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AND ...

  • Recruitment for BIM Training Programmes - BIM is currently recruiting for its QQI Level 5 Certificate in Commercial Fishing and Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport Engineer Officer (Fishing Fishing) training programmes. 

Useful Statistics ...

2,843 New positions advertised this week 6th April – 3rd May  

38,207 New positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.938m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014) 
  • 10% is the current unemployment rate (March 2015) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 5.7% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 213,600 people unemployed (Q4 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

(Source: from #AllAboutJobs)

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This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options. Full details HERE.

AND ...

CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year - From the initial February 1st deadline to the May 1st deadline, an additional 4,861 applicants applied to the CAO.

DCU Student wins first ever Intel Galileo Technology Competition - DCU Computer Applications student, Laura Browne has carried off top prize at the final of the Intel Galileo 3rd Level Technology Competition which took place in the Science Gallery in Dublin.


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