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 Kevin Moran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kevin Moran

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Work hard, it is important to have a good work ethic and to always be open to facing new challenges. An open mind is very important as the financial services industry is one that has undergone and will continue to undergo many changes. An appetite for learning is also very important as the need to broaden ones knowledge is paramount.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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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