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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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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