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 Padraig Parle from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Padraig Parle

Teacher - Special Needs

Department of Education and Skills

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  Padraig Parle
It is essential to be a very patient and organised person. Also you must have a sense of humour, be easy going and not take yourself too seriously.
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Jobseekers fall into many categories:

  • You may be entering the world of work for the first time
  • You may have many years of work experience under your belt
  • You may be one of thousands of people that have been made redundant or lost their job in the economic downturn or
  • You may want to change career direction, or be simply be looking for a better job

These all are reasons that prompt people to look at the labour market for job opportunities. In the current climate, finding the right job can be a challenging, exciting or even a daunting process, whatever your reason, a range of resources are available to you through CareersPortal.ie, that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.

Note: Use the links on this page to find the resources you need.

Self-assessment exercises: CareersPortal Career File

The Interest Profiler is a really useful assessment exercise. Completing the exercise will highlight what occupations would be most suited to you. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and will generate an eight page career interest report that is unique for you.

How do I complete the Interest Profiler?

To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by signing up to CareersPortal.ie and creating your on-line career file. This file can then be accessed from any machine anywhere. It will allow you to save up to 10 documents (e.g. CV, Cover Letter etc.) and complete a Personality Assessment in relation to what careers might suit you. You can also save Occupations of interest to you, details of related PLC and CAO courses that you think you would enjoy and also provides you with access to an array of useful information on study and career skills.

 

 

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During my final year in NUI, Galway I was emailed a Careers Newsletter every month.

I saw in it the position of Graduate Mechanical Engineer in Irish Cement and applied for it by sending in my CV to the Irish Cement Head Office.

I attended a first round interview in Dublin held by 2 interviewers, a HR specialist and a Works Engineer. This interview consisted of questions about my CV and projects which I had completed.

Approximately 1 month later I was asked to attend a second round interview in Drogheda in the ICL Head Office. Interviewers this time were the HR Director, Managing Director and the Sales & Marketing Director. Again this interview was mainly based on my CV, hobbies, interests and projects and also my work experience to date, which was all in medical device companies. I was asked questions about why I wanted to work in Irish Cement and what I could offer to the company.

Approximately 1 month later I received a letter offering me the position of mechanical engineer in the maintenance department in Irish Cement Platin Works in Drogheda. I was also sent a contract outlining the terms of my employment, which I signed as acceptance of the job.


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