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 Brian O'Connor from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian O'Connor

Analytical Chemist

Smart Futures

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  Brian O'Connor
Science is a fascinating subject and you truly have to immerse yourself in it. When you do the rewards are fantastic. It is of course a tough subject but once complete you learn how to solve many problems yourself.

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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TAP Testimonials

There are currently almost 200 schools nationwide running the TAP programme in Transition Year.  See below for some of the teacher's views:

It is the best teaching resource I have ever seen. It is a great resource particularly since it incorporates the use of IT...very what the Department is seeking for schools to do."

 - Grainne Wilson, Teacher, Dominican School, Wicklow

"I was delighted with the Tourism Awareness resource material. I liked the lay out of the book [teacher's manual] and the fact that the information was up to date."

- Ann Norris, Teacher, Presentation Secondary School, Waterford

As a teacher of the Transition Year Tourism Awareness Programme for over twelve years, I would like to congratulate Fáilte Ireland on their new, improved resource material. The revised course has a CD Rom and access to their website. The result is that the presentation of the programme in the classroom is much more animated and interactive."

- Paula Duffy, Teacher, Sion Hill Secondary School, Sion Hill Blackrock, Co.