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 James Sheridan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


James Sheridan

Restaurant Manager

Failte Ireland

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  James Sheridan

The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright


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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Study Skills - 12 Things you need to know

First Things First
Use Time Wisely
Get Organised
Learn How To Read
Schedule Your Time
Listen And Take Notes
Hand In Neat Work
Ask Questions
Help Other People
Anticipate Exam Questions
Do More Than You Are Asked
Use What You Learn


1 - First Things First (5:06)

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We have several worksheets to support the use of the Study Skills test for secondary school students. Click on the links below to download these sheets in Adobe PDF format.

Learning Skills Workbook

Place of Study
Motivation and Goal Setting
Reading Skills
Note Taking Skills
Revising and Exam Preparation
Examination Performance