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 Sinead O'Hara from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sinead O'Hara

Higher Executive Officer

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  Sinead O'Hara

First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.


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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Campaign to Promote Careers in the Seafood Sector

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Campaign to Promote Careers in the Seafood Sector

Friday, August 07, 2015 

Campaign to Promote Careers in the Seafood Sector

Following the successful SeaFest maritime event in Ringaskiddy recently that highlighted the significant potential of the ‘Blue Economy’ most notably, the rising demand for Irish seafood; Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency have launched a social media campaign to call on more young people to consider the sector as a viable career option.

Video profiles of those working in the industry were previewed at the SeaFest event. Click on the links below to view videos: 

Visit a full proifile of BIM on CareersPortal for more career videos and information about opportunities in Ireland's Seafood sector. 


Worth over €850 million to the economy annually with a target of €1.5 billion sales by 2025, the sector is moving from a traditional bulk led commodity industry to an innovative growth industry with an excellent reputation on key international markets, particularly Asia. 

Michael Keatinge, Interim CEO and Director of Fisheries & Training Development explains how careers and upskilling are integral to achieving further growth in the next ten years; ‘In order for the Seafood Sector to realise its full potential; new entrants and skills are vital along with the necessary investment in technology and training."

"As the global demand for new innovative added value seafood products increases, the Irish Seafood Sector is changing and evolving to meet this consumer demand with a transition from a largely male dominated industry to a sector that also includes expertise on innovation and new product development."

"This new focus on seafood technology, marketing and food science is attracting more women into the sector and in general a younger skill base that will drive and protect the industry in the years ahead."

Explore occupations in this sector here.

Did You Know? 

The Irish Seafood Industry currently employs approximately 11,000 people nationwide and is an important contributor to the local and national economy with sales of Seafood exceeding €700 million per annum.

Ireland has the 7th largest aquaculture sector in the EU and produces almost 50,000 tons of aquaculture annually. 


The CareersPortal Team