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 Ejiro O'Hare Stratton from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

Health Service Executive

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  Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

I would advise having a degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Professional training in nursing is necessary in order to understand patient care and what standards are required to provide quality care in an acute hospital setting.

One would also have to understand the value of planning, implementing and evaluating work practices in order to get the best out of employees. The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Leaving Cert subject choice time of year

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Leaving Cert subject choice time of year

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 

Leaving Cert subject choice time of year

At this time of year over 60,000 second-level students are choosing their subjects for leaving certificate. Selecting the right subjects and the level at which to take them is an important task. Most students will choose seven subjects of which their best six are counted as points for CAO courses.

Students take a combination or 'core' and optional choices. The core subjects are usually English, Irish and Maths. However, some students may have grounds for exemption. The optional or choice subjects can be chosen from a range of subjects, (depending on the school curriculum) see leaving certificate subjects.

It is important to be aware that students (with a few exceptions) who apply to honours degree courses of the National University of Ireland (NUI) must present Irish, English and another language. The three language rule however does not apply to other universities or to the institutes of technology. There will be a number of points required for each course but also entry requirements. It is important to check the individual course requirements very carefully. 

CareersPortal provides comprehensive overview on Senior Cycle Subject Choice including:

  • Leaving Cert Subjects - A comprehensive subject listing by group (Practical; Science; Artistic & Creative; Humanities; Social and Business)
  • Quick Guide - A brief summary of some of the things to consider when choosing a course 
  • FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions 

37 Senior Cycle Subjects are covered, including Link Modules. Each subject page is presented in a drop down menu format which includes:

  • In brief
  • Why Study this?
  • Videos and Interviews
  • Course Overview
  • Course Content
  • Exam Structure and
  • Career Possibilities

Requirements for 3rd Level and relationship to Career Sectors are also given, along with Marks Distribution, links to Exam Papers, Marking Schemes and the Full Curriculum for the particular subject.

The section includes extracts from a wide range of career interviews on the subjects interviewees took in school and how these choices influenced their career path.

The following are some general tips and factors to consider when choosing subjects:
  • Ability & Aptitudes: All students have different strengths so consider their abilities in different subjects and choose subjects in which the student is likely to get good grades. 

  • Interest: Choosing subjects in which you have a genuine interest means you a much more likely to study them and do well.

  • Career: There are some subjects that are essential for some college courses and careers. It is important to check out these subject requirements with a Guidance Counsellor or the course provider.
Click here to go directly to Senior Cycle Subject Choice

The CareersPortal Team