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.

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Mark Spain

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If you are unsure I would recommend coming to an open day in the college and if possible also doing the Garda Reserve. It gives the best insight imaginable into the work of Gardaí.

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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Education at McDonalds Ireland

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Education at McDonalds Ireland

Friday, December 11, 2015 

Education at McDonalds Ireland

At McDonald’s we recognise the importance of Lifelong learning and training. We are proud to give our employees a chance to develop, realise their potential and further their careers. A staff base of 4,800 which is motivated and happy is hugely important to us and our customers. 

We give our crew an opportunity to gain a City and Guilds qualification in Customer Care and Hospitality. City and Guilds is an international education and training company and these qualifications are widely accepted by employers around the world as the benchmark for excellence.

This year’s award ceremony took place in November in the Royal College of Surgeons, and over 264 McDonald’s employees received their City and Guilds Awards. This was the 5th year of the City and Guilds awards. To date, we have had 1,036 staff members – 20% of our entire workforce of 4,800 people - gain C&G qualifications.

Managers at McDonald’s also have the opportunity to gain a Certificate in Supervisory Management and a BA Degree in Management Practice with the National College of Ireland (NCI).

In November of this year 6 people graduated from the Certificate in Supervisory Management and received their awards at a ceremony that took place at the Convention Centre in Dublin.