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 Deirdre Lavelle from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Deirdre Lavelle

Care Assistant

St. Michael's House

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It can take time to get to know people with learning disabilities, patience and good listen skills are very 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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The Labour Market is constantly changing, with certain career sectors growing and others declining according to local and global change.

Currently, companies in Ireland are having difficulty in recruiting people with particular skills and experience, and labour market predictions indicate that some of these areas will continue to be a concern for employers over the next few years.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) publish a list anually, of what occupations and roles are experiencing skills shortages, and make recommendations for colleges and educators to alter their programmes to facilitate the ongoing changes.

This is good news for people looking for employment or a career change - it means that they can upskill or retrain themselves to be qualified for the jobs in demand, with a better than average chance of finding employment in their chosen area.

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