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

Ambulance/Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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  Keith Hayes
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.
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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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Career Sectors

Industry sectors are clusters of occupations that have something in common, for example, the type of work they do or their role in the economy. Very often people are attracted to the products or services provided by a particular sector, and seek to find employment close to the essence of that area.

We provide information to enable you to explore over 30 sectors that make up the Irish Labour market. These have been divided into 6 main categories to make it easy to explore as follows:

Where possible we bring you the most up-to-date information directly from the experts that oversee the different sectors. These organisations provide detailed information from which career seekers can make their most informed choices.

Exploring career sectors is often one of the easiest ways of finding out what your child is interested in, and is an excellent place to start.

Action Point: Explore the Career Sectors as described here with your teenager. Which ones are they drawn to? Which ones are ruled out - and why? Tell your teenager which ones you are attracted to and why. Explore the sectors together, checking your childs understanding of the information, and allow them to lead the way by following what interests them.

Take note of any courses or occupations that they show an interest in. Clicking on the course or occupation will bring up further information to explore.

Note that each sector includes:

  • Career overview
  • Labour Market information
  • Occupations
  • CAO Courses
  • PLC Courses
  • Links to Recruitment Websites
  • News and Links

Click here to explore Career Sectors


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