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


Paul Meany

School Principal

Department of Education and Skills

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Need to have a belief about the value of the sort of education provided by the school to which you are applying.

Need to be able to cope with ambivalence - being leader in the school is not a black and white thing.

Need to believe in people, whether it is staff or students.


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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This course will prepare students for a career in the hospitality/hotel Management industry. The programme includes practical training in restaurant service, bars service, front office, accommodation studies, culinary arts as well as business subjects. It also includes a 12 week work placement.



This course is designed to prepare students for management positions in the hotel and catering industry. 

Graduates will have the skills and competencies to manage/operate medium-sized enterprises within the hospitality and tourism industry.


This award will prepare graduates for employment in the tourism and hospitality sector both in Ireland and internationally. A number of modules are covered on this programme including; Food Studies, Hospitality Operations, Financial Accountancy, Marketing Principles, Tourism, An international language, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Market Research and Strategic Management. 

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