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 Elaine Steiro from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


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  Elaine Steiro

If you are considering starting in the food/ catering or hospitality sectors, you should consider whether you like working shift work and you should like working in a pressured environment .

It is a very fulfilling and rewarding sector to work in though and every day is different with new skills being added to your skillset all of the time . If you are considering moving into the management side of things, then you should be able to co ordinate tasks and people to achieve results and you should like an ever changing work environment.


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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2015 Irish Aid Volunteering Fair

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2015 Irish Aid Volunteering Fair

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 

2015 Irish Aid Volunteering Fair

Are you interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities abroad? 

The annual Irish Aid Volunteering Fair is taking place this Saturday:

Date: 10th October 2015

Location: Printworks in Dublin Castle

Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

The Fair is an opportunity for anyone interested in overseas volunteering to meet with representatives of volunteer sending organisations who will be present at the fair, to chat with returned volunteers who can share their experiences and knowledge and to also listen to presentations from agencies.

There will be a panel discussion with speakers who have volunteered in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Over 25 Volunteer Sending Organisations will have stands showcasing their overseas placements. 

LinkedIn will also be present on the day to show potential volunteers how to maximize their online presence in order to find suitable placements overseas.

The Fair will also feature individual presentations about placements available with the United Nations Volunteering Programme, VSO Ireland, EIL Ireland, Development Perspectives, the EAPPI and Habitat for Humanity.

Click here for contact details and further information. You can also follow the #volOps and #IAFair15 on Twitter and Facebook for updates. 

Did You Know? ...

In Ireland volunteers provide the equivalent work of 31,000 people!

Explore more information on Ireland's Community and Voluntary Sector including information on volunteering both at home and abroad.  

The CareersPortal Team