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 Orla Gallagher from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Orla Gallagher

Spa Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Orla Gallagher
If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.
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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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Choosing a Career Direction

No matter what decision you are making, the best decisions are made when you are well informed of the options available and secondly, when the decision feels right. This is also true for career decisions.

It’s easy enough to become informed about the options available by doing a little exploring, but it is often more difficult to act on what feels right. This is because most people are not confident about acting on their feelings.

Think about any two people making a choice about their career. Both may be in similar situations and their career research may reveal that both have equal opportunities available to them. Reason would suggest that both should make the same decision. But, they are different people - they feel differently about the world. The decisions they make must take their personal characteristics into consideration if they are to get to a place where the decision feels right.

Knowing how you feel and what you care about matters a lot when it comes to career decisions. This is why the first step in choosing a career direction is having a good understanding of who you are.

Visit our section on Choosing a Career for lots of useful information on Knowing Yourself, Doing the Research and Exploring Your Options.


What are your Career Interests?

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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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