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 Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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  Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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LCVP & LCA

Both the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied Programme have modules focused on preparing for work.

Most of your school work is designed to provide you with a good general education -  teaching us about our history, our planet, how business operates, how science and technology affects our world and so on.  Without this education, it would be hard to earn a living in the modern world.

However, our general education doesn't cover some of the essential skills required to find jobs, or prepare for the world of employment. Employers are constantly shocked at how bad some students are at applying for jobs and even at interviews. These students simply don't seem to understand the basics of job applications and what employers want.

The LCVP module 'Preparation for the World of Work' and LCA module 'Vocational Preparation & Guidance' address this issue directly, and cover the essential requirements for students in the modern world.

Follow the links on this page to explore the various topics covered in these modules.

One of the key learning points of LCVP and LCA programmes is to help you look at your own personal qualities and characteristics and see how they relate to a career. We asked all of our career interviewees the question "What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Here is what they said...





My personal qualities include a positive attitude and I genuinely like looking after people and making sure they have a good time. I am the same in the restaurant as I am out. 

I'm open minded about everything and try and make the best decision possible. I have patience, such as when training in a new staff member.  I take a lot of pride in whatever I do. I'm slightly ambitious and always striving for something better. If you're prepared to work for it, you will get it.



Hint: Failte Ireland

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