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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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.







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I think the range of my work is quite cool. I love the fact that I can immerse myself in different jobs and learn all about them and then move onto another project. It is very cool to work with people who are passionate about their jobs, extremely professional, brilliant at what they do and dedicated to the Public Service.

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