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


Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.

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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Community Employment

Community Employment (CE) is an employment programme which helps long-term unemployed (at least six months) people to re-enter the workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine.

The CE programme aims to enhance and develop both technical and personal skills which can then be used in the workplace. The CE programme is generally sponsored by groups wishing to benefit the local community, namely voluntary organisations and public bodies involved in not-for-profit activities.

To participate in the DSP (Department of Social Protection) CE programme, you must:

  • Register at your local Employment Services Office and
  • Meet certain Eligibility Criteria

The Department provides financial support in the form of Allowances and Funding to assist with the programme, for example participant wages, supervisor grants, materials grants, and specific skills training grants.

To find out the eligibility criteria for CE click here.

You should contact your local Employment Services Office for further information about Community Employment.

For further information click here

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The Restaurant industry is so big in one sense  but small in another, in all quality restaurants we tend to know each other. After training for the world skills competition, there was a new opening here in Howth, Ivans Oyster Bar and Grill. The General Manager was Aiden Myler whom I worked for in l'Ecrivain. I must have impressed him with my attitude and skills because he rang me up and told me of the position. He told me about the concept of the restaurant and I liked it. I started 2 months ago and am enjoying it tremendously.
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