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 Brian Howard from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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  Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Professional Education is a Passport to Insurance Success

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Professional Education is a Passport to Insurance Success

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 

Professional Education is a Passport to Insurance Success


A new series of articles from the Insurance Institute of Ireland, now available on the CareersPortal website, profiles insurance professionals who began their careers in Ireland but who have gone on to secure exciting opportunities all over the world.

In addition to highlighting the roles insurance qualifications play in career development, these pieces also shine a light on the global network of insurance contacts available for members of the Irish market to plug into.

Chief Operating Officer Sinead Browne talks about how she got started in the sector, her work as an underwriter, how her qualifications helped in her move to Allianz HQ in Munich and the professional differences between working in Ireland and Germany.

Travelling and living abroad can be a hugely valuable experience both personally and professionally. A number of our younger members seeking adventure in Australia, often contact us wondering how to transition from the Irish insurance industry to the Australian one. John Harnett, a loss adjuster at OSG, talks about his experiences and how his CDIP L.A. opened doors ‘Down Under’. 

Education - The Passport to Success

Ask the Experts

The Insurance Institute of Ireland and their partners in LIA and Insurance Ireland, recently teamed up with CareersPortal, to provide information to anyone looking for a career in the insurance industry. They now feature in the ‘Ask the Experts‘ section, providing guidance and tips about the Insurance Industry and the avenues open to getting a start in insurance.

The CareersPortal Team