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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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100 New Jobs for Blanchardstown with Blue Insurance

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100 New Jobs for Blanchardstown with Blue Insurance

Friday, July 03, 2015 

100 New Jobs for Blanchardstown with Blue Insurance

Dublin-based company Blue Insurance has said it will create 100 new jobs over the next two years. The expansion will see staff numbers at the firm rise from 45 to 145 employees.  The company’s managing director Ciaran Mulligan said the new positions would facilitate “rapid growth and expansion plans” over the next two years.

The new roles will be based at the company’s Blanchardstown office. The company will be employing staff across numerous departments including:

  • Call-centre customer services
  • IT developement
  • Junior management and
  • Administrative levels

Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was "fantastic news" for Blanchardstown and the surrounding area. "Blue Insurance is an indigenous company that is competing and winning in the most competitive and sophisticated online insurance market globally, the UK," Ms Burton said. "It is a young company that rewards its employees for imaginative thinking."

Blue Insurance was formed in October 2003. The company has 160,000 existing Irish customers and more than 200,000 UK customers across its 14 brands including It operates in Ireland, the UK and Australia and has plans to expand into the US, India and the United Arab Emirates.

Details of career opportunities with Blue Insurance are available here

The CareersPortal Team