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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CAO Opens for Applications 5th November

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CAO Opens for Applications 5th November

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 

CAO Opens for Applications 5th November

The CAO application process for the 2016 season opens on Thursday 5 November at noon.

Potential applicants can go to and start their application by entering their personal details, their qualifications or type of assessment, and making a payment.

Applying early has its advantages, as applications processed before 5:15pm on 20 January benefit from a discounted application fee of €25.

The normal application fee up to 1 February at 5:15pm is €40.

“Applicants do not need to have decided on their course choices at this stage – the first step in the application process is to obtain your CAO application number. You can then login to your account up to 31 January to introduce and amend your choices free of charge”, said general manager of CAO, Joe O’Grady.

“There is no reason to delay registering with CAO. Leaving an application to the last minute causes unnecessary stress. You should obtain your application number and submit any additional information required of you before the 1 February at 5:15pm” he added.

Applicants who wish to apply to CAO are advised to read the CAO handbook in advance of submitting an application, and also to use the ‘Demo Application’ facility.

The ‘Demo Application’ is an almost exact-replica of the online application form which can be used by applicants to practice their application. This facility is accessible from the ‘Student Resources’ section of the CAO website.

There are a number of useful resources available on the CAO website, including video guides, and a CAO App is available to download.

For a full list of CAO key dates and other valuable information see our CAO Toolbox here

Source: CAO Press Release  

The CareersPortal Team