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 Brian Howard from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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  Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.


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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up May 15th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up May 15th

Friday, May 15, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up May 15th

The number of jobs announcements picked up again this week with some companies recruiting immediately. Click on the links below for full details. 

Now Recruiting ...

Jobs Coming on Stream ...

AND ...

Are you a Jobseeker? 

Lots of valuable information HERE

to help you with your search. 

You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 39,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

Useful Statistics ...

1,730 New positions advertised this week on JobsIreland 4th May – 10th May  

39,937 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)

For Students ...


National Career Skills Competition 2015 FINALISTS Announced - Now in its 7th Year, The National Career Skills Competition once again attracted hundreds of entries from schools all around the country but who will take the top prizes home?

View the shortlist ... 

National Career Skills PLC Competition Finalists Announced - National Career Skills 2015 - Students have been shortlsted for the Pilot Competition (Level 4 & 5)

See who has made it to the final...

AND ...

7 Million in Grants for Design and Communication Graphics - The Minister for Education and Skills has announced €7 million in grants for schools to help implement the Design and Communication Graphics (DCG) curriculum.

Mulroy College students taste Corporate Workplace at Pramerica - Senior-cycle students from Mulroy College, Milford, got a glimpse of the business world this month, when Pramerica opened the doors of its Letterkenny facility to them

Career Planning ...

  • CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options. Click here for further information.
  • DIT Careers Service Wins National Award - Last week some 600 graduate recruiters, educational institutions and influencers gathered in the Round Room of the Mansion House to celebrate achievement and innovation in graduate recruitment. 


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