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 Padraig Parle from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Padraig Parle

Teacher - Special Needs

Department of Education and Skills

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  Padraig Parle
It is essential to be a very patient and organised person. Also you must have a sense of humour, be easy going and not take yourself too seriously.

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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What is a Career?
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What is a Career?

A career is often considered to be the work you do during your life. For example a teacher, nurse or pilot. But what if someone is a teacher for 10 years, then becomes a pilot for a couple of years and then starts their own business running a pilot training college? They are said to have changed their career three times. But although they have had three very different jobs, they are still said to have a single career.

So your career can refer to any number of jobs and things you do to earn a living. In fact your career is best regarded as a journey, starting with your first job and continuing until you retire.

So a more accurate description of a career might be all those things you do that lead to any type of work or employment during your life.

And guess what this means - you've already started on your career journey! Many of the skills and learning you do at school will be used in your work someday. And you may already have preferences for certain types of subjects and skills (for example, science, business or art) which will incline you towards certain types of work in the future.

Hint: ESB
Working in this role in the ESB is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of Treasury, and also Finance. Working in a company such as ESB, means you get a good view and understanding of the 'big picture' of your job and how it fits into the company, as opposed to sometimes working for bigger organisations, where the work can be so specialised.

There is good exposure to FX and Money Markets, and dealing with banks, with opportunities to constantly learn more in this area. ESB is a great company to work for, there is a big focus on communication, so you feel you understand what is going on and feel part of it.

There is also a very good work life balance at ESB, and there are many opportunities to progress through the company and into different areas. It has been a very good time to join the ESB, as recently the ESB Board approved the Strategic Framework to 2020, that will see major company investment in renewable energy.

This will require funding of €22 billion by 2020. Group Treasury will be actively involved in raising the funding for this, which means lots of exciting times ahead!

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