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 James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

James Stewart

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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Back to Work Allowance - Employee

The Back to Work Allowance Scheme was set-up to encourage unemployed people (among others) to take up employment and was aimed at people getting a social welfare payment for a certain period of time.

People participating in this scheme kept a percentage of their social welfare payment, along with secondary benefits, for a period of up to three years. The percentage of your payment retained is called the Back to Work Allowance and is not subject to taxation or social insurance (PRSI). 

 

Note: The Back to Work Allowance (Employee) Scheme closed to new applicants from 1 May 2009. For more information click here

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I had applied for my position through publicjobs.ie in 2006. After the written test, interview and physical test, I took up training in the Garda College. After graduation in 2008 I was assigned to the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin and I have been working there for the last 7 years.
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