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


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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TAP Certification
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TAP Certification

Fáilte Ireland offers certification endorsed by the Department of Education and Science to students who have successfully completed the Tourism Awareness Programme in Transition Year. Certification of students is co-ordinated by Fáilte Ireland , and the certificates will reflect which programme option was chosen. Certification will depend on successful completion of the programme and assessment according to Fáilte Ireland guidelines.

On successful completion of the programme, students will be issued with a certificate which is endorsed by the Department of Education to mark their achievement. There are different certificates for the single module and full programmes.

When your students have successfully completed the TAP programme, please download the form below and  complete it with the names of the individual students involved.  Return the form to .  Once the completed form has been returned to Fáilte Ireland, you can then download relevant Certificates by clicking the link below. These Certificates should be completed and signed by both the course tutor and school principal.

Click here for the Registration for Certification form 

Download the TAP Completion Certificate for the programme Over a Term

Download the TAP Completion Certificate for the programme Over a Year