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 Nora Barry from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Nora Barry

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A keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to travel and an acceptance that this role is a lifestyle choice are all necessary. I believe having lived abroad for a period of time and experiencing different cultures are also an advantage.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Key Dates for CAO 2015

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Key Dates for CAO 2015

Thursday, January 08, 2015 

Key Dates for CAO 2015

It's a busy time of year for Leaving Cert students with decisions to make on going to college, what to study, where to study, along with keeping track of all the associated deadlines. Here's a summary of the main dates. A detailed timetable is available to download through the link at the end.

First step - register your intention to seek a CAO college place immediately. All the CAO needs at this stage is your personal details - name, address, phone numbers, disability/specific learning difficulty, country of birth, nationality, email address, payment details, and any post-second level (PLC) educational or other qualifications you have.

You’ll get your individual CAO identification number once you have done this piece.

Next step is to pin down the courses you wish to be considered for next September and enter them on your CAO application. Remember, you are free to return to your CAO application during  all of May/June of 2015, to list or change the course choices you make.

Note:  You need to apply for any course listed as “restricted” in the CAO handbook by February 1st. All other courses can be added or removed from your application list up to the final change of mind deadline on July 1st.

Students interested in a UCAS place in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or England should submit an application to by Thursday, January 15th.

Between February 5th and March 1st - CAO applicants may change a course choice (fee of €10 applies).

Mature students, or restricted application course applicants, or to add a course you have not yet listed, and to correct or amend your CAO application, and to report any errors to the CAO by March 1st (fee €10).

In most other cases, you may use the change of mind facility between May 5th and July 1st to make any changes, at no financial charge.

Before end of May - applicants receive a statement of application record from CAO - this is a final acknowledgment to verify all information has been recorded accurately. Contact the CAO immediately if it does not arrive by June 1st.

Accompanying this statement will be a change-of-mind form, which you can use up to the closing date - 5.15pm on July 1st, 2015. You may make as many changes as you wish online or on paper.

A full list of Key Dates for 2015 is available here