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 Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Nicola O'Higgins

Fishmonger

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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  Nicola O'Higgins
You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.
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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 Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is an educational opportunities scheme for jobseekers, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain social welfare payments and who wish to pursue an approved full-time second or third level course (and a limited number of post-graduate courses) of education in an approved college leading to a recognised qualification:

In order to qualify for the BTEA scheme it is necessary for a person to be:

  • Attending a recognised course of study at second or third level study option
  • Attending a full-time day course of study in a recognised college
  • A specific age in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for a period of time
  • Must be in general commencing the first year of a course of study
  • The course must be leading to a progression of qualifications: click here

From 15th May 2014 there are a number of new enhancements being introduced including:

  • Applicants wishing to pursue the new Professional Master's in Education will be able to avail of the BTE programme
  • Applicants who already hold a Level 5 or 6 qualification under the National Framework of Qualifications will now be allowed to undertake further courses of study at either of these levels to further their career prospects
  • Confirmation that applicants for the Department of Education's Springboard and Momentum initiatives in the forthcoming academic year will be supported under the BTE programme
  • Revised application and selection processes with unemployed clients who are considering undertaking a course of further study
For more information on the BTEA click here

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After studying science, I did a one-year Higher Diploma in Education in UCC. This involved studying the theory of educational practice as well as having practical work experience.

I was very fortunate to remain almost immediately in the school that I did my teacher training in.


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