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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rachel Berry


Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 23rd

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 23rd

Friday, January 23, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 23rd

This week saw several jobs announcements across a range of industry sectors, with some recruiting immediately. Click on the links below for full details.

Now Recruiting…

Analog Devices Hiring Over 20 Electronic Engineering Graduates - Analog Devices are currently recruiting 20+ electronic engineering graduates for their Limerick and Cork operations.

Ladbrokes Recruiting Nationwide - Ladbrokes are currently recruiting nationwide to fill a number of customer service advisor positions.

45 New Jobs with Sector Alarm Corporation - Sector Alarm Corporation, the company now operating the Phonewatch alarm service, says it is creating 45 new jobs in three offices in Dublin.

25 New Jobs for Kilkenny with TransferMate - In Kilkenny, foreign exchange company TransferMate is seeking to recruit 25 people to its business development and sales staff.

Recruitment Open Evening with Squarespace - Have you got a passion for design? Squarespace, the leading website builder, is holding a recruitment open evening for anyone interested in joining their Customer Operations team in Dublin.

Dublin Based Software Company Announces 100 Jobs - Dublin-based billing software company Brite:Bill has announced the creation of 100 new jobs after securing a major new contract in North America. Some 75 will be based in its new Dublin headquarters with the remainder in its North American offices.

Acorn Life Group Announces 200 Jobs Nationwide - Acorn Life Group has announced business development plans for 2015 with 125 new employment opportunities available nationwide. Recruitment is also underway for a further 75 roles.

Watch this Space for Jobs Coming on Stream…

100 Jobs for Shannon with AMAX - AMAX, a leading manufacturer of dynamic Data Center & Cloud, custom Server Appliance and High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, today announced they will be hiring 100 new staff members with the positions to be filled over the next five years.

15 New Jobs for Cork with Smarttech - IT Security firm Smarttech are set to create 15 new jobs at their 24/7 security operation in Co. Cork.

20 New Jobs for Kerry with Irish TV - IRISH TV is set to create 20 new jobs in Kerry after launching its Munster regional hub.

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Explore the full list of all current vacancies on the government’s jobs portal JobsIreland.

Useful Statistics:

2,486 Number of positions advertised this week (12th January – 18th January)

5,226 Number of positions advertised since the start of 2015 

  • 1.93m people currently at work (Q3 2014) 
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014) 
  • 10.6% is the current unemployment rate (Dec 2014) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012) 
  • 6.4% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013) 
  • 245,500 people unemployed (Q3 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

(Statistics sourced from #AllAboutJobs)

Career News

New Hybrid roles emerging in the Jobs Market – Learn more about these findings from recruitment specialists Robert Walters’ report.

Over 70k Available in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Funding - Over €70,000 in EU funding remains available under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Business Exchange Programme, according to Dublin to Chamber of Commerce. The programme provides grants of up to €6,600 for early stage entrepreneurs in Ireland to help them get their businesses of the ground.

Training Programmes offered to meet demands of Animation Sector – Learn more about the thriving animation industry and the training programmes offered in this area.

A Career in Insurance Could be for You – Have you considered a career in insurance? Read about the employment opportunities available and how the insurance industry is a major employer in Ireland.

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Identify Employment Opportunities for the Future - In a recent interview with the Irish Times entitled ‘Getting a Job in 2020’, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Chairperson Una Halligan outlined some of the key areas identified as employment opportunities for the future.

Energy efficiency initiatives cutting heating bills and creating jobs - Minister for Energy Alex White announced this week that energy efficiency initiatives are cutting heating bills and creating jobs. The statement was made as he was announcing €13.2 million funding for the better Energy Communities Scheme in 2015.

Career Planning

1st February CAO Deadline Restricted Application Courses - Understand the application process for college courses which have restricted application.

Bonus Points for Higher Level Maths Explained - Guidance Counsellor Aoife Walsh explains the bonus points system for higher level maths and urges students to be cautious when choosing what level of the subject to sit in the June exams.

Scholarship Opportunity ... 

New BIMM Imelda May Scholarship for Aspiring Music Professionals - BIMM Dublin have announced that they're joining forces with rockabilly queen Imelda May to offer one talented student an opportunity to take up a scholarship to study Commercial and Modern Music at the school, based in May's own beloved Liberties.

FREE CAO Points Calculator App from CareersPortal - The CAO Points Calculator App (CAOCalc) from is now available for android from the Google Play Store, and also for iPhone from the AppStore.

CareersPortal Career Guidance Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

The CareersPortal Team