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 Tom Tooher from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:


Tom Tooher

Lieutenant - Army

Defence Forces

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Look up the Defence Forces website at and talk to serving personnel. If its possible try to visit a barracks.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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This course has an academic focus on applied management subjects, such as finance, IT, human resource management, sales and marketing, and communications. These are complemented by the more specific subjects such as tourism, transport studies, heritage studies, and tourism business studies. Students study one European language.


Through the study of  Tourism Marketing students learn about peoples travel experiences, get reactions to packages and events, and measure their level of satisfaction

This course offers an academic foundation in marketing, as applied to the context of national and international tourism sectors. Its strong focus on marketing is supportive of a broad business and management perspective, directed at the tourism industry.


Event management involves ensuring that special events run smoothly; from a local fundraiser or a concert, to the St Patricks Day Parade. This involves health and safety, organisation of equipment, transport, facilities, and costs.

The course equips the student with knowledge, understanding and professional management skills necessary to be successful in this industry through the provision of a carefully designed and academically rigorous programme.


This course prepares graduates for entry into the leisure industry at management level. Supervised work experience, practical modules, and continuous assessment are features of the course. Within the practical modules students are assessed for recognised qualifications in first aid, lifesaving and fitness instruction.

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