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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

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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Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU 

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   Teaching at any level, including professional training, or involved in the design and development of courses and the qualifications that they lead to.

Law & Legal 

   Involved in the administration of the law, defending the rights of individuals and organisations.

Leisure, Sport & Fitness 

   Working in a leisure centre, in sports as a player or coach, or involved in personal /fitness training.

Media & Publishing  

   Communicating information through various forms of media, e.g. TV, Radio, newspapers, the internet, and film.

Security, Defence & Law Enforcement 

   Working in the Garda, Army, Navy, Air Corps, or other organisations involved in personal or national security.

Tourism & Hospitality 

   Attending to the needs of local and visiting tourists, e.g. the hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions, and promoting Ireland as a welcoming place for people to spend their time.

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Orla Gallagher
Spa Manager

Orla Gallagher works as the Spa Manager for the Sirana Spa located in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. She holds a Social Science Degree and has Diplomas in the following areas; Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Spa Management. She also has an array of complementary health subjects such as Thai Massage, Iridology, Colon Hydrotherapy, Homotoxicology etc. She is also working with the Athlone Institute of Technology in devising the first Spa Management Degree course in Ireland which will be available in September 2009.

Orla Gallagher, Spa Manager


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