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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics


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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Additional Primary School Teachers under Budget 2016

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Additional Primary School Teachers under Budget 2016

Monday, September 28, 2015 

Additional Primary School Teachers under Budget 2016

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to reduce the primary school pupil-teacher ratio.

Indications are that Minister O'Sullivan has secured approval from Department of Public Expenditure to hire the additional teachers in the upcoming budget. The ratio currently stands at 28:1. The Minister has been granted €18-20 million to cut it to 27:1. Minister O’Sullivan has previously voiced this issue as a “personal priority” for her and has vowed to change it as soon as funds became available. However, nothing has been formally agreed as yet and negotiations are still underway.

Enrolments in mainstream primary classes are to continuing to grow, with 533,000 additional children entering the system last year.

The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) has called for an immediate reduction in class size in Budget 2016. The union also wants to see changes to bring Irish classes to European levels within the next five years.

Minister O’Sullivan is also seeking funding for a five-year school-building programme in the upcoming capital plan.


Then CareersPortal Team