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 Marie Kinsella-White from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Marie Kinsella-White

Operations Consultant


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  Marie Kinsella-White
The job that I do is highly specialised and the skills that I am required to have to do my job can only be acquired in our restaurant. However, by taking a job in McDonald's you are opening a career path to use those skills anywhere - the skills you acquire are very transferable. It doesn’t matter where you start, the opportunities are there.

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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Air Corps Trainee Technicians Competition OPEN

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Air Corps Trainee Technicians Competition OPEN

Sunday, February 08, 2015 

Air Corps Trainee Technicians Competition OPEN

The Air Corps is now accepting applications for the Trainee Military Aircraft Technician scheme. The closing date for applications is Friday 27th February 2015.

Successful candidates will become an integral part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the Air Corps fleet. You will receive full military and on-the-job training to equip you with the necessary skills.

The scheme will entail study in the Air Corps Technical Training School and successful candidates will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Military Aviation Technology Level 7 (Tech), accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

At the time of entry into the Air Corps, autumn 2015, a candidate must have obtained the specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate / National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including: Mathematics, English or Irish, and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Construction studies, or national equivalent qualifications.

A successful candidate is expected to have CAO points equivalent to the requirements of DT 011, which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute – DIT. In 2014 the CAO points required were 340.

Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 21 years of age on the closing date for applications. Serving members of the Permanent Defence Forces who wish to apply must be under 23 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Closing date for applications: Friday 27/02/2015. For further information including terms and conditions and how to apply visit

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The Careersportal Team