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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Apple Campus expansion to bring a Thousand New Jobs to Cork

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Apple Campus expansion to bring a Thousand New Jobs to Cork

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

Apple Campus expansion to bring a Thousand New Jobs to Cork

The Taoiseach, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and IDA Ireland, today welcomed a significant announcement that Apple will be expanding its campus in Hollyhill, Co.Cork and adding a new building that will provide new office space and room for 1,000 additional employees by mid-2017.

Apple’s presence continues to have an enormous impact on job creation in Ireland – it is estimated that it supports nearly 18,000 jobs across the country, including over 5,000 direct Apple employees - an increase of 25% in the past year alone.

Apple has also announced that it is partnering with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to support research in offshore energy technology and is establishing a €1M Ocean Energy Industry Fund. This will support innovative new ways of capturing wave energy and converting it to renewable electricity in support of their global commitment to powering all facilities with renewable energy.

Apple has had a presence in Ireland since 1980, when the company opened its first facility in Cork. The company's Cork operation is responsible for manufacturing, supply chain, AppleCare and shared services operations. Today’s news follows an announcement by Apple in February of this year where they revealed plans to put an €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway.

Details of career opportunities with Apple in Ireland are available here

Source: IDA Ireland

The CareersPortal Team