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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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.


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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Shortage of Grads for Property and Construction over next 4 years

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Shortage of Grads for Property and Construction over next 4 years

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 

Shortage of Grads for Property and Construction over next 4 years

The Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) and ConnectIreland join forces on a Christmas campaign at Dublin airport 23 December 2015 Following the results of a survey carried out by the Society on over 300 construction and property firms, it was found that there is an emerging shortage of suitably qualified graduates to fill vacancies in property and construction over the coming four-year period.

With the property market set to continue to grow, the research highlights the significant opportunities that exist for Chartered Surveyors who wish to return home to work and live in Ireland.

The emerging skills shortages are affecting the SCSI members, many of whom are experiencing problems recruiting experienced qualified personnel and graduates. There is serious concern that the shortfall could threaten the pace of the recovery in the property and construction sectors.

Based on a conservative forecast of economic growth up to December 2019 (3% growth p.a.), the survey found that almost 2,042 new employment opportunities are expected to be created across the surveying profession; 1046 new jobs in quantity surveying and 996 new jobs in property surveying. Based on current student enrolments on surveying courses, there will only be enough Irish graduates to fill just half of those positions – 1047 or 52%. It is for this reason, the Society have embarked on a joint campaign with ConnectIreland to address this issue by encouraging Chartered Surveyors working abroad to return home to Ireland.

The campaign will see prominent on-screen advertising and an information stand placed at Dublin airport in Terminal 2 over the Christmas period until 10th of January 2016. We hope that this campaign will alert Chartered Surveyors that are home for the holidays to the growing number of vacancies in Ireland and the many opportunities that await them should they return.

ConnectIreland is the body responsible for attracting businesses to Ireland and rewards their ‘Connectors’ that bring the business home. Visit  for more information.

The CareersPortal Team