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 Sarah Behan from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sarah Behan

Trainee Retail Manager

Lidl

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  Sarah Behan
I think that you need to be an organised social person to be successful in this position. You need to be able to work with and for people. You need to be flexible and remember two very important things: there is no I in team and the customer is king! If you can keep these two principles in mind and work hard you can do very well here.
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The Labour Market

The labour market is a term used to describe the relationship between the workplace (available employment) and the workforce (people, aged 16 and over, who are working or are available to work). A labour market is said to be healthy if there is enough work available for all those who seek it. Most countries in the world have some difficulty achieving or maintaining a healthy labour market.

In Ireland, as in other countries, the health of our labour market changes over time. In the years up to 2007, we had one of the strongest (healthiest) labour markets in the world. Now, as our economy is under stress, there are less employment opportunities, and a growing imbalance in the number of jobs available to workers with the necessary skills, in some instances too few (e.g. engineers) and in others too many (e.g. builders).

The following links provide access to the main sources of information from which we determine the state of our labour market. It is worth noting that the predictions and commentries made by economists, researchers and journalists provide information to be considered carefully, but we recommend that any predictions as to the future state of the labour market (2+ years) should be just one factor of many to be considered to guide your choice of career.

View a list of those occupations which are causing difficulties in our labour market from here:

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These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills 2013 - 2020 
May 2014 EGFSN report identifying measures to build up the Big Data and analytics talent pool in Ireland over the period up to 2020 in line with enterprise demand.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
Addressing Future Demand for High-level ICT Skills (EGFSN) 
Study forecasting the demand for high-level ICT skills to 2018, across all sectors of the economy in Ireland.
The Green Economy in Ireland (EGFSN) 
This study identifies the future skills needs of enterprise engaged within the green economy in Ireland and proposes a range of measures to ensure that their future skills base will drive business and employment growth. The study informs education and tra
National Skills Bulletin 2013 
Current National Skills Bulletin, providing a detailed overview of the Irish labour market. It is based on research conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (Now SOLAS)on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.
Skills and Labour Market Reports 
A list of current Publications directly related to Labour Market conditions produced jointly by SOLAS (formerly FAS) and the EGFSN
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) is a body appointed by the Irish Government to advise it on aspects of education and training related to the future skills requirements of the enterprise sector of the Irish economy.
HEA - Higher Education Authority 
This link points to some of the Statistical data created by the HEA relating to our Higher Education system.
EU Skills Panorama Website 
The EUSP provides National, European and International research findings on labour market, skills shortages and jobs.
ESRI - Economic and Social Research Institute 
The ESRI is one of Europe's leading research centres in the social sciences. Their main focus is research on economic and social change in Ireland in the new global context.
Employment Outlook Survey (Manpower) 
Measures employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. It is the only forward-looking survey of its kind, unparalleled in its size, scope, longevity and area of focus, based on interviews
Dept of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation - Labour Force Development 
The Labour Force Development Division works to ensure that the skills required for competitive businesses are available in the work force.

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These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Irish Independant News - Labour Market 
Current news relating to the Irish Labour market.
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
National Skills Bulletin 2013 
Current National Skills Bulletin, providing a detailed overview of the Irish labour market. It is based on research conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (Now SOLAS)on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.

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These links are to sites web pages that contain commentries and views about aspects of our labour market.

Future Skills Requirements of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector 
The biopharma pharmachem sector has a high economic impact in the Irish economy, providing significant high skilled employment. This report examines trends and drivers of change and potential impact on employment and skills over 2010-2015
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs 
July 2013 report which gathers all available data on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the NationalFramework of Qualifications (NFQ
OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development 
Economic Survey of Ireland
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
Download a copy of the National Skills Bulletin 2013 here

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Current Skill shortages
Accommodation Staff - Hotel
Accountant
Accounting Technician
Actuary
Architectural Technologist
Big Data Specialists
Biological / Microbiological Scientist
Building / Construction Project Manager
Bus / Coach Driver
Business Consultant
Business Development Executive
Buyer / Purchasing Officer
Chef
Commis Chef
Commodity Broker
Computer / IT Support Specialist
Computer Programmer
Computer System Administrator
Computer Systems Technician
Credit Controllers
Customer Service Representative
Customer Services Manager
Customer Support / Telesales Agent
Database Administrator
Doctor / GP
Engineer - Automation
Engineer - Chemical
Engineer - Chemical Process
Engineer - Design & Development
Engineer - Electronic
Engineer - Energy
Engineer - Manufacturing
Engineer - Mechanical
Engineer - Polymer
Engineer - Quality
Engineer - Software
Engineer - Telecommunications
Engineer - Urban Planning
Engineer - Validation
Engineering Technician - Electrical
Financial Adviser
Financial Analyst
Forklift Operator
Freight Clerk
Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver
Hospitality Assistant
Insurance Broker
IT Consultant
IT Manager
IT Project Manager
Kitchen Assistant
Laboratory Technician
Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Management Consultant
Manufacturing Technician
Market Research Executive
Market Researcher
Marketing Executive
Medical Sales Representative
Midwife
Nurse - General
Pastry Chef
Plant Operator
Polymer Technician
Product Marketing Manager
QA (Quality Assurance) Analyst
Radiographer - Diagnostic
Risk Analyst
Sales Representative
Scientist
Statistician / Statistician EU
Stockbroker
Tax Accountant
Taxation Consultant
Technical Architect
Technical Sales Representative - Telecoms
Telecommunications Technician
Toolmaker
Transport Managers
Web Developer
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