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 Orla Gallagher from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Orla Gallagher

Spa Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Orla Gallagher
If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.

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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New Dublin Hotel to bring 100 Jobs

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New Dublin Hotel to bring 100 Jobs

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 

New Dublin Hotel to bring 100 Jobs

The Dalata Hotel Group has announced the development of a new Dublin city centre hotel on the site of the former Charlemont Clinic on South Richmond Street. Last month, Dublin City Council granted permission, subject to conditions, for a four-star 181-bedroom hotel with restaurant, café/bar and business facilities. The permission also includes three residential apartments and basement car parking.

The company plans to invest €40 million in the project, which will create approximately 100 jobs when the hotel is operational in early 2018.

Hospitality Ireland has reported that an extra 2,500 hotel bedrooms will be created in Dublin if a proposed 13 new hotels are developed, all of which were in the planning stages at the end of 2015.

Including hotels currently underway and extensions to existing hotels, an extra 3,500 rooms will be created in the city if all plans come to fruition. A survey carried out by accounting firm Crowe Horwath revealed that an additional 5,000 hotel rooms will need to be created in the next three to five years to cater for demand in the capital.

Skills Shortages in the Hospitality Sector

These developments are definitely good news for anyone planning a career in the hospitality sector, where there is already evidence of skills shortages. The hospitality industry in Ireland and worldwide is performing very strongly and needs qualified graduates to work in and run operations in the sector.

The most recent sector report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs identifies skills shortages, in particular for Chefs (including pastry and chefs de partie) and Management Skills (including revenue management). 

Measures to address these skills shortages are underway. In July 2015, the Apprenticeship Council accepted proposals for five new Hospitality sector apprenticeship programmes with 130-150 chef-related apprenticeships to be delivered.  New apprenticeship training options for Chefs are now available at various levels, through IT Tralee. Hospitality training programmes are also being run by certain Skillnets such as South West Gnó Skillnet.

DIT among others, offers a range of courses for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. DIT's new Level 9 Conversion Course - the  MSc in Hospitality Management - has student intakes in both January and September.

The MSc in Hospitality Management is designed to provide participants with the expert knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career at senior management level in any sector of this vibrant industry. This programme is aimed at students with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. This globally recognised hospitality programme is one of DIT’s most sought after programmes. It is the first and only programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and provides participants with a top-level educational package that is delivered by leading academics and experts from the national and international hospitality sector. The programme covers all aspects of the hospitality industry with a business based curriculum that is designed to equip participants with the management skills and analytic capabilities necessary to obtain careers in a wide range of organisational settings.

Applicants should have a bachelor degree at honours level (2.2 grade or higher) or equivalent. In addition, applicants may be required to complete an admission interview.

Is a career in Tourism and Hospitality for you? Check out the wide range of opportunities here.

The CareersPortal Team