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 Brian Howard from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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  Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.


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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There is still time to apply to CAO

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There is still time to apply to CAO

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 

There is still time to apply to CAO

I didn't submit a CAO application and now I am regretting it. Am I too late? Guidance Counsellor Aoife Walsh addresses this question among other important CAO matters:

The main deadline for CAO applications (February 1) has passed.

On Thursday (February 5th), the Online facility to amend course choices opens (€10 fee applies).

If any student did not register with the CAO before February 1, and is still interested, it is still possible to do so. Applications can still be made; however, anyone who registers for the first time between now and May 1 will be considered a late applicant.

Those who apply as a late applicant will be unable to apply for restricted entry courses and certain colleges may have further restrictions. However, applicants will be treated equally to others and will not be at any further disadvantage for applying late. Therefore, if students are regretting not submitting an application before now, there is still time to do so.

CAO Late Application details are available here


The CareersPortal Team