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:


Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

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


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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Tourism Awareness (TAP)
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Tourism Awareness (TAP)

The Failte Ireland Tourism Awareness Programme is specfically designed  for Transition Year Students as an introduction to Tourism. The TAP (Tourism Awareness Programme) aims to make a substantial contribution to Tourism Education  by providing a foundation for 3rd level Tourism related programmes.


Tourism is one of the worlds fastest growing industries.  As Tourism has a major influence on both our economy and development, young people benefit from having an overall  awareness of the nature and complexity of the Tourism Industry.  Most people, whether they plan to persure a career in tourism or not will be tourists themselves, and will so shape and influence  the global environment  while engaging in various tourism activities.

The Tourism Awareness Programme aims to make a substantial  contribution to tourism education by providing a foundation for 3rd level tourism related courses.  At the same time if will equip students following other career paths with a broad appreciation  and awareness of this important industry. It is an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and skills relevant for not only the tourism industry but for a variety of situations in life.