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 Liam Casey from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam Casey

Purchasing Manager


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Take an interest in retail and have a love of food. Be driven and confident. A positive hardworking attitude is key. Business, marketing and management would be areas that could benefit people in this role. Languages: learn German!

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Leisure, Sport & Fitness

The Leisure, Sport and Fitness sector includes a wide range of activities from themeparks, cinemas and outdoor pursuits, to competitive sport, recreational sport, health and fitness activities. Sports media and sports tourism can also be included. The industry has expanded as people continue to become more health conscious and have more leisure time than in the past.  

Jobs across this industry have very different entry requirements. Some demand specific qualifications, while others require no formal qualification. The increasing professionalisation of sport, together with the regulation of the sector, means that experience of fitness techniques alone is not usually enough. 

Level 5 and 6 qualifications are an excellent entry route to the sector, for exmple, where a specific set of skills is required in order to do the job (i.e. Health and Fitness instructor).

Third level degrees are increasingly valuable, for example where business and mangement aspects of the activity are called for such as  Leisure Centre Management. Level 8 Honours Degree programmes in Sports Science, Sports Engineering or Business and Sports Management open up many opprtunities.

All those who are working with children or vulnerable persons, including the provision of leisure, sporting or physical activities, require Garda Vetting. This is typically part of the recruitment process.

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The leisure industry is focused on entertainment and recreation, and related products and services. It includes a long list of entertainment activities such as cinema, horse racing, theme parks, betting shops, and gaming casinos. Leisure is a labour intensive service industry.

The range of career opportunities available is wide and diverse. Most people who opt to work in this area have the shared aim of helping others to enjoy their leisure time.

Potential areas of work include:

  • Leisure centre or gymnasium - as a manager, assistant manager, lifeguard, personal trainer, fitness instructer or spa therapist
  • Coaching, instructing, managing - health and fitness consultant, sports manager, horse riding, football and other sports clubs, outdoor activities, yoga or a specific sport
  • Entertainment - work in cinemas, horse-racing, theme parks, betting shops, casinos
  • Voluntary and Social - youth clubs, community workshops 

Employers in this sector include large leisure companies, leisure centres, theme parks, health and fitness clubs, hotels and sports clubs, sports arenas, colleges, cultural organisations, tour operators, local authorities, community centres, cinemas and music venues. 

Working conditions vary according to the particular role. Some jobs are based indoors, in hotels, sports shops, gymnasiums, sports halls or cinemas, while others, such as horse riding instruction, outdoor activities in sports clubs or adventure centres are largely based outdoors. Some jobs will call for large amounts of physical training and activity. Many jobs in this sector will involve working irregular hours, shift work, evening work, weekend and bank holiday work.

The sector can offer the opportunity for promotion to supervisory or managerial levels. Sports people often move into business, or to jobs in media, broadcasting, or communications on retiring from their professional sport.

The sector offers plenty of opportunities to travel and work abroad (e.g. cruise ships) and in some jobs, it is possible to become self-employed.

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This area includes all forms of physical leisure and fitness activities, i.e. sporting activities aimed at improving physical fitness and mental wellbeing, as well as forming social relationships.

Recreational sport can include organised sporting activities along with recreational walking, exercise, gym-based activities, jogging, yoga, golf, skiing, sailing, bowling and many more.

The number and variety of leisure and sports centres has increased significantly in recent years, with huge diversity in the types of services offered.

Smaller facilities typically offer a gym and changing rooms, but bigger operations may provide a full suite of sports and leisure activities, equipment, swimming pool, treatment rooms, classes and training courses and even a bar and catering facilities.

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The level of interest in both following sport, and in participating in sport has never been greater. The increased professionalism of sport and the growing scientific approach to fitness, together with the incredible growth of events like the Olympic Games, Special Olympics, The World Cup and other such sporting events ensures continued demand for a wide range of job roles in sport.

There are more than 38,000 people employed in the sports sector alone in Ireland, according to the Irish Federation of Sport, representing approximatley 2% of the total national workforce. 

The commercial side of the sport sector accounts for 8,134 jobs (21%) of the total. There are a futher 8,826 jobs (23%) in the voluntary sport sector. The supply of goods and services into the sports sector accounts for close to 15,000 jobs. 

Sport divides into Competitive sport and Recreational sport.

Recreational sport can include organised sporting activities along with recreational walking, exercise, gym-based activities, jogging, yoga, golf, skiing, sailing, and bowling among others.

Competitive sport includes all forms of physical activity aimed at improving physical fitness and obtaining improved results in competition at all levels - amateur and professional, local, national and international - football, horseriding, golf, rally driving. 

Competitive sport has countless support roles associated with it from coach, golf caddie, promoter, manager, personal trainer, personal chef, to sports psychologist and many more.


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