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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.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Increased Funding for STEM Projects

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Increased Funding for STEM Projects

Friday, January 30, 2015 

Increased Funding for STEM Projects

New funding of €1.6m for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) educational and public engagement projects in Ireland has been announced.

It will support 39 initiatives aimed at encouraging people of all ages to develop an active and informed interest and involvement in Stem. It is estimated that over 4.5 million people will engage with the various projects over the course of 2015.

The funding is being supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation (DJEI) and delivered through Sciance Foundation Ireland’s education and outreach programme SFI Discover.

A key factor for multinational companies considering creating jobs in Ireland is access to a skilled and qualified workforce in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, who announced the funding at an event in Farmleigh House in Dublin today.

“The programmes being funded through SFI Discover will open up the vast range of career opportunities available in Stem sectors to young people. It will future-proof the flow of Stem graduates and ultimately enable Ireland to attract further investment from international companies and to grow and maintain jobs.”

Some of the SFI Discover funded projects include:

  • Brain Freeze 2, a science-based animation series developed by Kite Entertainment in association with CBBC and RTE
  • MakerDojo, a hardware or ‘hacker’ style club delivered by Tyndall National Institute, Biomaker Fórma and DesignerDojo, where the public can explore science and technology in a hands-on, self-directed fashion, aiming towards a culture of garage inventors and entrepreneurs
  • Dart of Physics, a project that encourages thousands of commuters to think about physics in a different way through a poster campaign on the Dart
  • The introduction by Blackrock Castle Observatory of a range of family-friendly experiments to encourage visitors to explore the concepts behind space science, complemented by a new video exhibition focused on Irish space scientists and Stem careers.

A number of SFI Discover’s strategic partners, including SciFest, The Festival of Curiosity and National Maths Week, have also received funding.

“The projects to receive funding were assessed by international experts and selected based on their potential to promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of Stem to everyday life and to reach new audiences not normally engaged with Stem, as well as continuing to target existing audiences,” said Dr Ruth Freeman, director of strategy and communications at SFI. “The funding will enable the recipients to invest in developing and extending their capacity and allow them to explore innovative channels of public engagement with Stem subjects.”

A further announcement of 1250 extra ICT places for students was also made in the government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015. This National Talent Drive reform is set to focus on strengthening employability of learners and enhancing employer engagement at all levels. The plan is forecast to increase graduates in this sector by 60% by 2018. 

Explore more information on STEM careers. 

The CareersPortal Team