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 Ray Harli from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Ray Harli


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Sketch, sketch, sketch, and when you have finished sketching, sketch some more...and see the world, walk if you have the time.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Growing your Skills

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Growing your Skills

The focus on activities in TY offers a great chance to develop the sort of life skills that really matter as you grow older.

Skills are learnt by doing - this means they develop over time while actively doing something. You can't learn lifeskills from a book, no more than you can learn to drive a car by just reading about it.

So, a number of TY modules usually involve activities with your classmates, where you have to work together as a group, sharing out different tasks and responsibilities, and discussing how things should be done. Through these activities you have the opportunity to develop what are known as 'soft' skills - those skills that enable people to get along together and produce good work efficiently.

These 'soft' skills are also known as career skills for the same reason - they are the skills that are needed by all people in the workplace in order for them to do their job well. We encourage you to explore what these skills are during your TY in general, and in your work experience in particular.

Fact: you can get all A's in your Leaving cert or college degree, but if you are not able to communicate well, or work comfortably in a team, you won't get the job.

Employers regard career skills as equally important to qualifications - so developing career skills is actually incredibly important for your future career.

Explore Career Skills here

Career Milestones:
  • Finished University
  • Worked at Irish Cement as a process engineer and learned all aspects of the business
  • Moved to another CRH group company based in Switzerland
  • Completed a Global MBA program fully supported by CRH
  • Now moving to Finland to lead a team of engineers to improve the output and efficiency of another CRH manufacturing facility and to provide training and support to the people.

Hint: CRH plc

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