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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics

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  Belgard Castle 
  Clondalkin 
  Dublin 22 
  Ireland 
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Natasha Ibanez , Education Profile 

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
We had no Physics, Chemistry and other technical subjects in the school I attended, which would have been useful for my career development.  I did however have the opportunitiy to study Honours Maths in preparation for my current career.

In hindsight I would have looked for the opportunitiy to at least study Applied Maths, which would have made it easier to go through first year in college.

I am delighted I went to UCD, where it was possible to do one common year before choosing the Engineering discipline. 


What is your education to date?
Having completed my Leaving Cert, I started my studies in Mechanical Engineering at UCD. It appealed to me that the course was only four years long, at the end of which I graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering. Since then I have studied a number of short work-related courses as part of my training, mostly related to management and safety.  


What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
I find there is no particular subjects or modules in college that are particularly relevant for my job. They were all relevant. It has been useful to have at least some technical understanding of most of the subjects studied in college. 


Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I hope to undertake further studies in management and business to complement my Engineering degree. 

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