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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   Working for the government to ensure the efficient and correct running of the country.

Education 

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

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   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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   Working in museums, art galleries or heritage management, or using languages professionally, e.g. translating or interpreting.

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   Working to provide services to people of all ages across areas including social, community, youth, education, and charity, voluntary and sporting organisations.

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