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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

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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The Local Employment Services (LES) were set up to help long-term unemployed people find work. The LES provide mediators who support individuals with their job search and liaise with local employers. Note: Many employment services are now provided through the new Intreo offices

The services provided by the LES are tailored to the needs of each individual client and the local environment within which they operate. Services provided include guidance, training, education and employment supports and are made available through a network of Contact Points.

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  • Labour Market information: Provision of information and advise on areas that relate to the client labour market situation, such as welfare-to-work issues, education, employment and training opportunities, including referral to related services.
  • Mediation and Guidance: Registration and orientation; provision of intensive personalised guidance leading to development of a career path plan; career counselling; referral to other LESNs or third party agencies; assistance with securing active labour market programmes and employment; post-placement supports.
  • Group Guidance: Provision of tailored options to meet the needs of a specific client group.
  • Client-Employer Liaison: Contact with employers, identification of vacancies suited to clients and potential training needs; advocating on behalf of clients; information and referral to job vacancies.
  • Post-Employment Programme Assistance: Provision of the full range of LESN supports to persons experiencing difficulty in accessing employment from labour market programmes.
  • Post-Training/Education Programme Assistance: Provision of the full range of LESN supports to persons experiencing difficulty in accessing employment from employment related training or education.

The LES operates through a network of Offices and outreach centres known as 'Contact Points'. These are located in 24 designated disadvantaged areas.  For more information: click here

Note: If a jobseeker refuses or fails to participate in suitable education, training or development opportunities, without just cause or good reason and/or drop out of the process the Department may recall them for an interview and their social welfare payment may be affected.

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I saw the advertisement for the Open Competition for Higher Executive Officer in the jobs pages of the Irish Times.

Candidates had to apply via the website. I did so, and duly sat the test. I was advised a number of weeks later that I had been successful and would be called to the next stage, that being a structured interview conducted by a panel.

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