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.

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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Zurich Insurance Traineeship Programme for Wexford

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Zurich Insurance Traineeship Programme for Wexford

Thursday, June 04, 2015 

Zurich Insurance Traineeship Programme for Wexford

On Thursday 4 June, Zurich Insurance plc (“Zurich”) launched an Insurance Traineeship Programme for the Wexford area, aimed at offering those in long-term unemployment the opportunity to secure a one-year training and job placement at Zurich's dedicated centre of excellence in Drinagh.

The programme developed by Zurich, The Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) and Waterford Wexford Training Services (WWTS) will focus on developing learners’ core skills through on the job and off-site learning.

Learners will work towards achieving their Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) with the III and will also undertake a Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Level 5 Business Administration Certificate to support the development of their business skills.

In addition to professional training, during their placement successful applicants will experience first-hand the skills required to work within Zurich’s various business areas by completing rotations in its Claims, Personal Lines, Broker, Commercial and Operations departments.

The traineeship is now open for applications via local Intreo Centres and the closing date for applications is Friday 10 July 2015.

Full details available here

The CareersPortal Team