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 Marc Doyle from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Marc Doyle

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Intel

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  Marc Doyle
I would recommend that you enjoy interacting with people and you have the ability to explain technical jargon in layman's terms. You should be focused and structured in your approach to work and you should always be looking to learn new things and be up for a challenge!
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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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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 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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  Hint: An Garda Síochána
It was back in 1978 so details are sketchy. To the best of my knowledge there was no specific recruitment drive on at the time, it was simply a notion that I got. I had to go to the local station to be measured and fill out a few forms. There was an interview with the local Superintendent and an entrance exam. Twelve months later I was heading in the gates of Templemore.

The day I heard that I had been accepted I was working on a roof and I nearly fell off the thing. A letter arrived at home for me and my mother drove to the site to give me the news.

I am currently Sergeant in charge of Community Policing, I was involved in community relations for eight years on the north side of Cork City until I got promoted in 2000. Then in 2006 I was offered the chance to return to Community Policing and jumped at the chance.

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