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 Lisa Curry from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Curry

Catering Sales Executive

Failte Ireland

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  Lisa Curry
I would advise them that the sales world is not as glamorous and easy as it comes across but it can be extremely rewarding. I would recommend you go for this type of position if you are someone who enjoys a challenge and can negotiate very well.

Sales and Catering Sales as a position is a tough one and there are a lot of challenges in that you really need to be customer focused yet remember that you have to make a profit. Selling weddings is a side of my job that is very satisfying as you get to see the end result of something that you have created which at the same time is the most important event in a families and a couple’s life.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Alternatives outside the CAO

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Alternatives outside the CAO

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 

Alternatives outside the CAO

Going to college: There are opportunities outside the CAO writes Guidance Counsellor, Aoife Walsh, in this weeks Education column:

Not every Leaving Certificate student plans to move to third level education. In recent years, there were few opportunities for school-leavers beyond the CAO and the Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) system, but now there is a focus on re-introducing options such as apprenticeships and traineeships, and in a range of new sectors, including financial services.

The majority of such opportunities are advertised in spring, so it is essential that interested students keep a close eye on websites at this time. Here are some open to applications now.

Eir apprenticeships

Eir Apprentices will learn to maintain and repair equipment throughout the Eir network. The two-year programme will involve on-the-job training as well as classroom-based learning and successful applicants will receive a Level 6 QQI Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award. Eir welcomes applications from school-leavers and successful trainees may be offered a permanent role in the organisation. Applicants must hold a Leaving Cert with a minimum of six passes, including maths, by September 2016, and a driver's licence on or before April 2016.

Bus Eireann Heavy Vehicle apprenticeships

Bus Eireann is currently recruiting applicants for heavy vehicle mechanics apprenticeships in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Ballina, Limerick, Thurles, Tralee, Galway, Athlone and Longford. . Minimum entry requirements include Junior Certificate ordinary level C in English or Irish, Maths, a science subject and two other subjects. Leaving Cert minimum entry requirements are also available. Applicants must be 16 by August 1 2016. Interested candidates can apply through and applications close on April 10.


Teagasc offers courses to school-leavers and mature students in the area of horticulture, equine, agriculture, food and forestry, at a variety of different levels, from Level 5. They are held all over the country in agricultural colleges as well as other centres. Many qualified graduates to take advantage of the stamp duty exemption for young trained farmers. There is more information on Admission is based on an entrance exam, which is normally held in May. Some open days take place this week.

Other opportunities

Other institutions and organisations may recruit from time to time.

In recent years, Nissan and the ESB have recruited apprentices and the Air Corps has recruited aircraft technicians. The military has also recruited apprentices and cadets.

To keep abreast of such opportunities it would be helpful to monitor the website of such organisations or

Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin


The CareersPortal Team