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 Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Number of SUSI Grants Awarded Up on Last Year

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Number of SUSI Grants Awarded Up on Last Year

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

Number of SUSI Grants Awarded Up on Last Year

The closing date for grant applications for this academic year is Thursday 5th November. Student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) has announced that, to date, it has awarded student grant funding to 59,000 students for the 2015/16 academic year. Continuous improvements made by SUSI has seen a 30% increase, from 44,000 awards at the same time last year.

Payment Dates

SUSI paid students in September this year, the first time that maintenance grant payments have been made before October. 47,500 students have been paid to-date. The remaining students who have been awarded grants but are still to be paid, will receive their grant payments as soon as their colleges confirm that they are registered and attending, and when the students submit their bank details through their online SUSI accounts.

Between now and Christmas, payments are being made by SUSI on a weekly basis, in addition to the published monthly payment dates, to ensure that as many students as possible are paid as soon as confirmation is received.

Processing Ongoing

SUSI has received more than 106,000 applications for 2015/16. 15,000 of these were received after the priority processing deadlines.

SUSI expects to award some 82,000 student grants in total for this academic year. Over 72,000 (68%) of these applications have now been completed – 59,000 awarded and 13,000 refused/cancelled. This is significant progress on 2014/15.

Outstanding Documentation

SUSI is currently awaiting documentation from 11,500 students. Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, is urging students to return their outstanding documentation:

“I would urge those students who have still to submit their requested documentation to do so as soon as possible so that the assessment of their applications can be completed. I would also remind those students who have yet to submit their bank details to do so to ensure that they can be paid”.

Closing Date for 2015/16

The closing date for receipt of student grant applications for the 2015/16 academic year is Thursday 5th November 2015 and Mr. Doyle has the following advice for students:

“There are also some students who have begun the online application process but have yet to complete it and similarly they need to complete their applications before the closing date”.

The CareersPortal Team