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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lydia Peppard

Care Assistant

Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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New Senior Cycle Subject Choice Area on CareersPortal

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New Senior Cycle Subject Choice Area on CareersPortal

Monday, March 02, 2015 

New Senior Cycle Subject Choice Area on CareersPortal

Selecting the right subjects for Leaving Cert and the level at which to take them, is a critical task faced by 60,000 second-level students every year. Making the wrong choice can have unintended consequences in two years’ time, when students find paths into college are blocked by not having the right subjects, or particular subjects required for entry into their chosen course.

To help with this task, a new, and even more comprehensive Senior Cycle Subject Choice area has been added to

The new and updated Senior Cycle Subject Choice area was launched last weekend at the IGC National Conference in Waterford where it was well received by the Guidance community.

The Guide to Senior Cycle Subject Choice area includes:

  • Leaving Cert Subjects - A comprehensive subject listing by group (Practical; Science; Artistic & Creative; Humanities; Social and Business)
  • The Three Leaving Certs - An outline of LCE, LCA and LCVP
  • Quick Guide - A brief summary of some of the things to consider when choosing a course 
  • Subjects and Career Choice - the relationship to career area and college course choice
  • FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions 

37 Senior Cycle Subjects are covered, including Link Modules. Each subject page is presented in a drop down menu format which includes:

  • In brief
  • Why Study this?
  • Videos and Interviews
  • Course Overview
  • Course Content
  • Exam Structure and
  • Career Possibilities

Requirements for 3rd Level and relationship to Career Sectors are also given, along with Marks Distribution, links to Exam Papers, Marking Schemes and the Full Curriculum for the particular subject.

The section includes extracts from a wide range of career interviews on the subjects interviewees took in school and how these choices influenced their career path.

Click here to go directly to Senior Cycle Subject Choice

The CareersPortal Team