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 Donal Kane from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Kane

Plumber / Construction Super.

Construction Industry Federation

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  Donal Kane
Once you’re willing to listen, take advice and work hard there are many options for career paths / future development.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Money Matters

The cost of a third level education is considerable. Parents are often torn between wanting to do the best for their child and keeping a firm rein on the family and household finances.

Planning a realistic budget, foresight, common sense and seeking the counsel of trusted friends or relations that have been through ‘the college experience’ are invaluable at this stage.

How much is all this going to cost me?


Part time job or not?


How can we establish if our son / daughter is eligible for a grant?


We are not eligible for a grant as we are just slightly over the income limit. What financial supports are there in this case?


Is it true that having to repeat a year at college will incur the full tuition fee for the repeated year?


What about Post-graduate fees?


How do we apply for the Maintenance Grant?


Ten Top Tips for Grant Application