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We asked Mary Joyce from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.

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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400 New Jobs with Aldi

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400 New Jobs with Aldi

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 

400 New Jobs with Aldi

Aldi Ireland is to recruit 400 new staff. The retailer has also announced that it is raising its minimum pay rate to €11.50 an hour, equivalent to the much discussed living-wage threshold.

Earlier this month, Lidl became the first big Irish retailer to agree to pay staff the full living wage as it intends to do in Britain. Living wage campaigns here and elsewhere are gaining greater political traction with as many as one in five workers earning less than the prescribed rates. The living wage is defined as the minimum pay workers need to meet their needs for housing, utilities, transport, healthcare, clothing and food. It differs from the legally required minimum wage, which campaigners say often fails to meet basic standard-of-living requirements.

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The move comes on foot of what Aldi said was sustained sales growth and store expansion in the Republic. The German discounter said it plans to recruit and train more than 400 new staff during 2016 to support its ongoing Irish expansion drive. The announcement comes ahead of the opening of its 121st and 122nd Irish stores next month in Newcastle West Co. Limerick and Knocknacarra in Galway City. A further seven Aldi stores are to open next year, including Athy Co. Kildare.

Full details of career opportunities with Aldi are available here.


The CareersPortal Team