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 Rose Griffin from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rose Griffin

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  Rose Griffin
Well in school you should try do a practical subject and get used to working with your hands. Physics is another subject that would be of benefit. It would help in the theory exams that you complete after each of the off the job training modules.

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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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 job vacancy notice on the restaurant's window and decided to apply. That was simple enough to do - I just filled out the application form and left my CV. A few weeks later I got invited for an interview, which was actually very enjoyable as I liked my interviewer a lot as well as the format of questions - none of them were tricky, many of them were aimed to discover the applicant's personality. Shortly after they called me and informed of the successful outcome of my interview.

I was then introduced to what the job entails, passed the food safety test and was ready to start.

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