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


Padraig Parle

Teacher - Special Needs

Department of Education and Skills

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  Padraig Parle
It is essential to be a very patient and organised person. Also you must have a sense of humour, be easy going and not take yourself too seriously.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

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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