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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Keith Hayes


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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.

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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up 9th January 2015

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up 9th January 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up 9th January 2015

2015 brings a positive outlook for employment with over 5,000 jobs set to come on stream over the next twelve months, alongside those companies who already have recruitment processes underway. Click on the links below for full details:

Now Recruiting …

EU Recruitment Campaign for Secretaries and Clerks - Recruitment is now open for secretaries and clerks for administrative/ financial/ secretarial support roles in the EU Institutions. The EU institutions are looking for both newly trained and experienced, resilient and highly motivated staff who can play a key role in supporting teams, managers, or other services.

120 Construction Jobs with Kennedy Wilson Project- International property firm Kennedy Wilson announced the construction of 166 new apartments in Dublin at the end of 2014. The project will bring 120 jobs new jobs during the construction phase. Recruitment for the project is to commence in January 2015.

Watch this space … Jobs coming on stream in 2015

Year of Irish Design 2015 to Generate 800 Jobs and 200 new Businesses - 2015 has been designated as the year of Irish design. Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long programme which will promote and celebrate Irish design with the aim of driving job-creation, growing exports and increasing competitiveness

Major School Building Projects to bring 3 500 Jobs - 70 major school building projects announced as part of €2.2bn five year plan. The projects are to provide over 27,800 permanent school places and 3,500 jobs which are scheduled for 2015.

250 Jobs in 2015 with 10 New Aldi Stores - Discount retailer Aldi have announced plans to open at least 10 new stores this year, including six in Munster, which will create upwards of 250 jobs and bring the German discount retailer’s total number of stores to almost 125.

50 Jobs with New Carphone Warehouse Data Centre - Carphone Warehouseis investing €6 million in a new data centre to power its mobile virtual network operator service, launching in July 2015 which will lead to the creation of up to 50 full-time jobs.

175 Jobs with New Motorway Stop and Rest Area – 100 permanent jobs with fast food restaurant Supermacs have been provisionally announced, alongside75 constructionroles. Both are to be made available in 2015.

Up to 40 new Tech Jobs with 1E Software company - 1E is to open a new R&D office in Dublin. An expansion of the team is planned for 2015.The development will see software engineers, designers and QA testers hired, with employment set to increase at their Dublin offices over the coming two years.

Up to 200 Construction Jobs for Galway in 2015 - Developers Burkeway Homes have announced plans for a new residential development in Ballymoneen, Knocknacarra in Co. Galway which will create an estimated 200 construction jobs this year.

75 Hospitality Jobs with JD Wetherspoon - British pub chain JD Wetherspoon are to open a 100 room hotel and pub on Camden Street, Dublin that will create 75 jobs in 2015.

91 Jobs Coming to Cork as 3 Marine Companies Expand - Resolute Marine, Exceedence and RESOLVE Marine have announced the creation of jobs in Cork - a total of 91 jobs will result from the developments across the three companies this year.

Are you a Jobseeker? Click here for a wide range of information and tools to help with your job search.


New 85m Fund to Create Jobs in the Life Sciences Sector - A new venture capital fund of €85 million for the life sciences sector has been launched. The State has invested more than €15 million into the fund. It is hoped the new fund will help create dozens of jobs in Ireland by increasing the availability of funding for emerging companies in the life sciences sector.

IDA Companies brought over 15 Thousand New Jobs in 2014 - IDA client companies created 15,012 new jobs in Ireland during 2014, now employing a total of 174,488 people, the highest level on record.


200 ICT Gateway Course Places with FIT - 200 places have been made available on earn and learn’ courses aimed at providing a career path into the technology industry.

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


Help with CAO 2015 - Guidance Counsellor Brian Mooney has lots of valuable advice for this year's school leavers.

Key Dates for CAO 2015 - a summary of the main dates and a link to the Leaving Cert timetable 2015.

New HEA Report Shows Computer Science Grads Snapped Up for Jobs - The HEA has published its report 'What do Graduates do?’, which gives an insight into where college students ended up nine months after they graduated.

Getting to College by the PLC Route - Writing in the Irish Times this week, Guidance Counsellor Brian Mooney looks at 'How to get to college via a post-Leaving Cert course.

DARE and HEAR Application Advice Clinics 2015 - DARE and HEAR Application Advice Clinics will take place nationwide this Saturday 10th of January from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Female Students can STEM the tide of the IT gap – learn more about the problem of skills shortages in Ireland’s IT sector and how prospective female undergraduates could help plug the talent gap by choosing STEM subjects as a career choice.

Changes to Structure of Popular College Courses - Five significant changes that will be of interest to students applying for college places this year are highlighted.

UCAS Deadline for UK Courses 15th January - With all the focus on CAO at the moment it is important that students interested in applying to a UK college do not forget about the upcoming deadline for UCAS.

Advice for LC Students thinking of Studying in Europe - Think outside the CAO box: consider studying in Europe - Low fees, no CAO and an international experience, writes Brian Mooney.

CareersPortal Career 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