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.

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I think a degree or background in Finance is important. Work experience in the Finance Industry was useful for me to make the move between a banking role and moving to a Group Treasury role in a company, and most of my colleagues have also worked in Investment Banking prior to this.

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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Great New Publication on Supporting your Teen

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Great New Publication on Supporting your Teen

Friday, August 21, 2015 

Great New Publication on Supporting your Teen



Dearbhla Kelly

Publication Date: 14th August 2015

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs.

Most career advice in Ireland has a rather narrow focus when helping teens decide which college course to choose. Career Coach is different. By looking at the bigger picture - who they are and what they are good at - Career Coach teaches parents ways to identify abilities, skills and talents in their teenager, as well as their innate passions and values, to realise their full potential.

Experienced and inspirational career guidance counsellor, Dearbhla Kelly, will empower parents to motivate and encourage their teenagers towards their future life dreams, and increase their chances of future employment in a job they were born to do.

As it stands in Ireland, one in six students drop out of their chosen college course feeling disillusioned about their career path and uncertain about their future. This can deal a major blow to their self-esteem, not to mention the financial blow to parents who are paying the tuition fees.

It makes sense to be informed about practical ways to help your child take steps towards a successful future. Career Coach is invaluable for parents of teenagers starting secondary school, selecting subjects after transition year, filling out CAO forms and preparing for their Leaving Certificate results.

Career Coach will be published by Gill & Macmillan on Friday, 14th August 2015, priced at €16.99. For further information, please contact Emma Lynam, Publicity Executive, on 01 500 9506 or

About the author:

Dearbhla Kelly has been in education training and guidance since 1991, working in secondary schools with Cavan Monaghan ETB, in adult education with Donegal ETB and as a careers advisor in Trinity College Dublin. She uses a mixture of life coaching, NLP techniques, and counselling in order to give people practical solutions to find their purpose and follow their career dreams.

The CareersPortal Team