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.

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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Defence Forces Army and Navy Recruitment Campaign

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Defence Forces Army and Navy Recruitment Campaign

Monday, April 25, 2016 

Defence Forces Army and Navy Recruitment Campaign


Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., has announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for enlisted personnel in the Permanent Defence Forces. The Defence Forces plan to induct just over 600 General Service personnel to the Permanent Defence Force in 2016 and a further 850 personnel in 2017.

The General Service Recruitment Competition is NOW running for the Army and Naval Service. This will close at midnight on the 22 May 2016,

  • Applicants for the Army must be 18 years of age and under 25 years of age for the Army on the 22 May 2016
  • Applicants for the Naval Service must be 18 years of age and under 27 years of age  on the 22 May 2016

This campaign is specifically targeting increased female recruitment using social media channels, digital advertisements and the introduction information programmes for women. Currently just over 6% of Defence Forces personnel are women.

It is also proposed to continue with outreach initiatives, which seeks to engage with minority communities and new citizens. These measures include a Defence Forces presence at citizenship days and direct contact with community groups to raise awareness and highlight career opportunities.

The closing date for this competition is 23:59hrs on Sunday 22nd May 2016 

Applicants will be have to complete physical fitness and interview assessments.

The recruitment competitions will be run through a centralised online application system on the Defence Forces website.