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 Aoife Lyons from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Aoife Lyons

Occupational Psychologist

Civil and Public Service Jobs

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  Aoife Lyons
Psychology is a very broad area and I would encourage people to reflect on the field that would suit them best. If you study pharmacy, you will graduate as a pharmacist. It is different in psychology. The role of a Clinical Psychologist differs significantly from the role of an Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. A post graduate qualification will be required to practice in any of these fields. Regardless of the area of psychology that interests you, respect for and an interest in people is a key value that is required. Once you have qualifications, networks and professional bodies are a good way to meet prospective employers.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up July 10th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up July 10th

Friday, July 10, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up July 10th

This week saw a number of jobs announcements across differrent industry sectors and also the approval of 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts for September 2015. Click on the links below for full details.  

Now Hiring ...

30 Jobs for Dublin with PlanNet21 Communications - The company is relocating to a new headquarters at Citywest Business Campus this month to accommodate staff growth. 

Jobs Coming on Stream ...

610 Additional SNA Posts for September 2015 - The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, welcomed the Cabinet decision to approve up to 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September 2015

100 New Jobs with AerCap - AerCap, a global leader in aviation leasing with operations in Dublin and Shannon, has created over 100 new highly skilled jobs in Ireland.

120 New Jobs with Coupa Software - Coupa Software has today opened a new European hub in Eastpoint Business Park creating 120 jobs for the region. 

200 New Permanent Jobs with Vodafone Ireland - Vodafone Ireland has announced it is to establish a new European sales centre located in Carrickmines in Dublin creating 200 jobs. 

AND ...

Amazon Creates Major Jobs Boost for Tallaght - AMAZON have acquired the former Jacobs factory on Belgard Road – a development which is expected to generate a major boost for the local economy, in terms of jobs and investment.

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference Underway in Cork - The Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has today reiterated that 29,000 new jobs could be created in the marine sector by 2020.

You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 60,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

Are you a Jobseeker? 

Lots of valuable information HERE to help you with your search. 

Useful Statistics 

3,671 New positions advertised this week on JobsIreland (29 June - 5 July)

60,240 New positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1,929,500 people currently at work, up 41,300 in the last 12 months (Q1 2015)
  • 2.2% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q1 2015)
  • 9.7% is the current unemployment rate (June 2015) down from 15.2% (Feb 2012) 
  • 5.9% is the long term unemployment rate (Q1 2015), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 212,800 people unemployed (Q1 2015), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

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New DCU Master of Business Scholarship in partnership with WGPA - DCU Business School and DCU GAA Academy in partnership with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) are pleased to announce a scholarship on a full time Business School Master’s programme for the academic year 2015/2016.

Make Study Abroad part of your College Experience with ERASMUS - ERASMUS+ is the current EU programme that allows students to spend time studying or on work placement in another EU country.

Career Planning ...

Acute shortage of Engineers in Ireland - The Engineers Ireland job desk had almost 50 new jobs added this month. 

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. 

The CareersPortal Team