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 John Smith from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:


John Smith

Engineer - Process


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  John Smith
On a personal level you need to be a good team player, good communicator and organised. From a technical viewpoint a background in physical sciences or engineering is essential. A PhD in semiconductor related field would prove extremely beneficial. The opportunities are vast within a company the size of Intel so you do have the option to change career direction if needed.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Getting Involved

To register your school in the Tourism Awareness Programme, download the application form, and send the completed form to Fáilte Ireland before Easter in the year prior to running the programme.

You must fill in the details on the form, sign it yourself, and get your principal to sign it too. Then post or fax the form to Fáilte Ireland.

To download a Programme Registration Form click here

Assessment of TAP

It was proposed that the Tourism Awareness Transition Year Programme should be assessed by a portfolio of course work. This document suggests what this portfolio could include, and what weight might be given to each element.

View sample assessments

Work Experience

Work experience in a tourism operation is an optional part of the programme, allowing students the opportunity to observe tourism professionals in the workplace. Inputs from industry practitioners are a recommended feature of the programme.

As a guideline for those school students  working part-time or on their holidays in the Irish tourism industry. The Code of Practice below explains the standards that employees should live up to, and the treatment that they are entitled to expect from their employers.

Click here to see the Code of Practice


Students on the Tourism Awareness Programme are eligible to enter two International awards. Prizes include money and a trip to an international conference.

Click here for details of Student competitions