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 Lynch from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:


Keith Lynch

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Defence Forces

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  Keith Lynch
Only enter the Defence Forces if you are willing to commit to it 100% as it is a long tough road which can be extremely rewarding if you fully engage it. Like everything in this life, you get out what you put in.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Special Routes to Higher Education

HEAR and DARE are special routes into college for students who may have particular difficulties:

What is HEAR?

HEAR is not a grant scheme - it is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. Colleges participating in the HEAR scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. The HEAR scheme is aimed at eligible students that have ability, motivation and the potential to succeed at 3rd level.  

What are the Benefits of HEAR?

  • Entry into a broad range of courses on reduced CAO points
  • A wide range of post-entry supports for eligible students

To find out more about the HEAR scheme click here.

What is DARE?

DARE is is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years old. The scheme has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. 

Who is it for?
DARE is for school leavers who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their disability.

Changes made to the DARE scheme for 2016 mean that applicants who are eligible for both HEAR and DARE will now be prioritised.

For more information see: Important Changes to DARE for 2016

What are your Career Interests?

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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