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.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Increase in applications for Disability Access Route to College

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Increase in applications for Disability Access Route to College

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 

Increase in applications for Disability Access Route to College

There has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of CAO applicants seeking to enter college on reduced points under the DARE scheme.

The jump in numbers follows changes this year in the rules for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme, which is available to students with significant ongoing illness, mental health issue or physical disability.

DARE is aimed at students who have difficulty reaching their academic potential because their condition has disrupted their schooling. This year, there were two key changes in the eligibility criteria - One was the introduction of a statement in which both the student and the school set out how a disability or illness has affected their education. The new criteria also allow a GP, rather than a more costly consultant, to verify that a diagnosed condition, such as a blood disorder or mental health problem, affected a student's academic performance.

DARE has received 3,877 applications this year, the biggest increase in demand recorded among students with a mental health issue or an ongoing significant illness. Colleges offer DARE places on the vast majority of courses but a student who meets the criteria is not guaranteed a place on reduced points.

Eligible applicants compete for reserved places, although many achieve the cut-off points for their course and do not need the safety net.

DARE applications are expected to rise again next year, when there is a further relaxation of the rules, which will make it more affordable for those with a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, to produce a professional report to support their case.


The CareersPortal Team