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 Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Karl Curran

Associate Director

Insurance

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  Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!
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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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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.