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 Mary Joyce from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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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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Aoife Lyons
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I thoroughly enjoy the diverse opportunities which a career in the Department offers, in particular the opportunity to promote Ireland in one of our overseas missions

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Fiona Devlin
"tasks range from working on a landing, in the school, gym, waiting room, escort duty to hospital or court etc"
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Margaret Donaghue
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Some of the best experiences have been representing the department at meetings with the EU and IMF

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Alan Gilligan
"I must remain alert and ready to deal with any situation as and when they arise"
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Paul Harding
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Rinne me staidéir ar an ateagaireacht agus ar an aistriúchán agus tá mé ag úsáid an dá gnéithe sin i mo shaol oibre.

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Breda Ni Mhaoláin
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You need a lot of technical skills such as knowledge of different types of coding along with skills to communicate and work as part of a team.  

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Administrative Officer & Developer
Sarah Kennelly
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It’s great informing the Taoiseach on the issues of the day and it’s a real buzz hearing something I’ve written on Oireachtas TV

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David Crowe
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I love that my job is very varied and also very challenging, there is a great team spirit in the office.

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Roseann Gilligan
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You need to be resilient and manage several different tasks at once. 

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Being able to write well is very important because you will be doing a lot of reports and research as well as political analysis. 

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