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 Fintan O'Brien from Coillte to give some advice for people considering this job:


Fintan O'Brien

Business Analyst



  Fintan O'Brien
A high degree of interpersonal skills are required as in a Company the size of Coillte, with over 1,000 people employed,  you will have to interact with a lot of different people. The more educational qualifications you have the greater the job prospects

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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Job seekers 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, 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 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.

 To create your on-line file just click on the image below.



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  Hint: Irish Tax Institute

I have worked in the tax department of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, McCann FitzGerald, since September 2001. Having previously worked in the area of taxation in an accountancy firm, I decided to return to my ‘roots’ and to seek employment in the tax department of a law firm. I was aware that McCann FitzGerald had recently set up a tax department and therefore, I approached an agency and it in turn made contact with McCann FitzGerald and arranged an interview.

As part of this process, I compiled a CV that showcased my experience and education to date. I found it important to take time in compiling my CV as this is a potential employer’s first introduction and can mean the difference in obtaining or not obtaining an interview. In advance of the interview process, I arranged a meeting with a friend of my husband who worked with McCann FitzGerald at the time in order to get an idea of the work environment there. He gave the firm a ringing endorsement as a progressive and yet friendly place to work and I found this very reassuring. After undergoing two interviews with the Head of Tax, McCann FitzGerald offered me a job and I gladly accepted the position.

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