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 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.

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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15 New Jobs with Smyths ToyStore Chain

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15 New Jobs with Smyths ToyStore Chain

Monday, December 21, 2015 

15 New Jobs with Smyths ToyStore Chain

15 new jobs are to be created at the Galway city based head quarters of the Smyths ToyStore chain.

The new full time positions will come on stream in the first half of next year and will operate across a range of buying departments with the UK and Ireland.

The toy retailer Smyths Toys Superstores currently trades from 85 stores throughout the UK and Ireland. The company expect to open a further 15 new stores in the next 12 months.

Current Vacancies

Smyths Toy Superstores are currently recruiting for Buyers at all levels. Full details are available here.

General applications are also being invited. Smyths HQ  in Galway are looking for people who are interested in working in their business, whether it’s in Finance, Logistics, IT, Central Purchasing or Marketing.

Closing date for applications is January 15th 2016


The CareersPortal Team