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 Liam Doyle from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam Doyle

Hotel Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Liam Doyle
Don’t give up easily, because there’ll be many obstacles or roadblocks placed in your way. If you enjoy challenges, you’ll enjoy the hotel industry. It is physically and mentally very challenging but also extraordinarily rewarding, a lot more than most other industries, providing you’re willing to stay the course!

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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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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I applied online. I had to pass a series of online exams testing my reasoning and decision making.

The biggest hurdle is an interview in which I needed to display 5 competencies;
  • resiliance
  • interpersional skills
  • commitment to a role
  • serving the public
  • problem solving 
  • personal effectiveness

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