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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Final Call for All Ireland Programming Olympiad 2015

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Final Call for All Ireland Programming Olympiad 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015 

Final Call for All Ireland Programming Olympiad 2015
  • Do you know gifted secondary school students who can write code?
  • Do they excel at Maths?
  • If so, why not challenge them to enter the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad?

AIPO is The Annual All Ireland Programming Olympiad held at DCU. 

The competition is open to all second-level students in Ireland who are under 20 on the 1st of July.

The goals of the competition are:

  • To encourage and reward young programmers, (male and female).
  • To promote contacts among programmers in Ireland.
  • To select a team for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

High Spec laptops up for grabs for Junior (<15yrs) and Senior programmers (>=15yrs) at the National Finals in DCU Saturday 21st February.

Top Seniors will be invited to a special 3-day training camp in DCU to prepare them to represent Ireland at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in July 2015.

Closing date: Wednesday 18th February

Full application details are available here.

For further information on the competition click here



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