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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up February 6th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up February 6th

Friday, February 06, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up February 6th

This week saw several jobs announcements nationwide as well as the launch of new initiatives for jobseekers. Click on the links below for details.

250 New Jobs with Accenture - Global marketing technology and outsourcing company Accenture announced plans to create 250 additional jobs - 200 new positions for candidates with a range of experience, and 50 for graduates. The jobs are to be filled by August 2015, with recruitment to begin immediately.

380 Jobs with 16 New Centra Stores - Convenience store chain Centra plans to open 16 new shops this year creating 380 jobs.

100 Jobs on the way for Dundalk with SalesSense - Sales and Customer Services company SalesSense are expanding their operation with a new facility in Dundalk, resulting in the creation of 100 additional jobs.

Eircom announce 375 Apprentice and Graduate Jobs - Eircom has announced plans to hire up to 375 people over the next five years, through graduate and apprentice programs.

IT Company Version 1 to recruit 100 employees in 2015 - IT company Version 1 are looking to hire 100 new employees this year. 40 opportunities are available for graduates with positions open for mid-level and senior candidates also.

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Two New Programmes launched to help young jobseekers - Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has launched two new programmes to help young jobseekers return to work and training.

TechElevate Training Programme for Jobseekers OPEN for Applications - The TechElevate digital training programme is currently open for applications from eligible jobseekers in Cork, Dublin and Limerick.

FREE Graduate Conversion Computing Course - Reboot your career with a Graduate Conversion programme! If you have an honours degree and are looking to re-boot your career there is a FREE full time programme opportunity in IT Tallaght which is closing very soon.

Explore the full list of all current job vacancies on the government’s jobs portal JobsIreland.

Useful Statistics:

1,857 Number of positions advertised this week (26th January – 1st February)

9,367 Number of positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.93m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014)
  • 10.5% is the current unemployment rate (Dec 2014) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 6.4% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 245,500 people unemployed (Q3 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

(Statistics sourced from #AllAboutJobs)

Career Planning...

There is still time to apply to CAO - Guidance Counsellor Aoife Walsh addresses important questions with regards to CAO late applicants.

Record Number of CAO Applicants – A record number of CAO applicants by the February 1st deadline.

Closing Date Approaching for Deloitte Summer Internship Programme - Deloitte have 80 new summer internship opportunities available and the closing date to apply is fast approaching. Candidates have until 5pm Wednesday February 11th to submit their applications.

Colaiste Ide Finglas launches Further Education route to Physiotherapy - An innovative new level 6 programme specially designed for post Leaving Certificate students who wish to prepare for entry into a selection of European universities.

Get Involved in Engineers Week 2015 - Are you passionate about a career in engineering? Get involved with Engineers Week! The week aims to create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession.

Calculate your Leaving Cert Points FREE App - Mocks time is just around the corner, so now is the time for Leaving Cert students to add the Points Calculator app to their Exam Toolkit.

CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

The CareersPortal Team