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 Orla Gallagher from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Orla Gallagher

Spa Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Orla Gallagher
If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.
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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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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 saw the post of Process Engineer advertised in the Irish Times. At the time I was in the final stages of writing my PhD thesis so I applied for the position by sending in my CV & a cover letter. I got called for an interview.

The interview process consisted of 3 interviews all with senior managers in the company & covered questions on my CV while also probing my technical & behavioural skills. I was offered a position about 2 weeks later by phone which was subsequently followed by formal offer letter & contract in the post.


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