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 Richard Storey from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Richard Storey

Shift Manager



  Richard Storey

The initial couple of days can be tough as you are in training and it can make people rethink about working here, but I would have to say persevere, as there are rewards at the end of the tunnel.

McDonald's put their people first and never leave them doing the same job all the time. To work in McDonald's you requires patience, a good personality with a willingness to learn something new everyday.

Showing an interest in other peoples interests would help as you have to work as a team so interpersonal skills are ESSENTIAL!!


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Other Craft Occupations

Key points for selected other craft occupations

  • There were approximately 106,000 persons employed in other craft occupations, representing 5.8% of Ireland’s workforce
  • Approximately 70% of overall employment was concentrated in three sectors: manufacturing (34%), wholesale and retail (21%) and construction (15%) 
  • Just over 70% of total employment in the selected trades was concentrated in three trades: electrical/electronic (34%); metal machining, fitting and instrument making (22%) and vehicle (18%)
  • Over the period 2007-2012, employment in other craft occupations contracted at an average annual rate of 7.1%, which was just over twice as fast as the national average rate of -3% and amounted to approximately 47,000 net job losses (approximately half of which was for electrical and electronic trades) 
  • Overall employment contracted by 1.1% between 2011 and 2012, with just over 1,000 net job losses recorded; employment in most occupations did not change significantly during that period (in absolute terms) 
  • Approximately four fifths of all persons employed in the selected occupations was aged 25-54 
  • Approximately 57% of all persons employed in the selected occupations held higher secondary/FET qualifications, exceeding the national average of 38%; however, 26% held third level qualifications — considerably below the national average of 46%; the share of third level graduates varied across the occupations, almost 40% of those employed in electrical/electronic trades held third level qualifications
  • Just over one third of overall employment for butchers, fishmongers and related trades was composed of non-Irish nationals — one of the highest shares among skilled trades in the national workforce; the share was also relatively high for welding trades, at just over onethird
  • The overall workforce of other skilled craft trades was predominantly male

Shortage Indicators

There is a significant shortage of precision engineering skills in tool making and CNC machining; while the demand for these skills has grown, supply from the education and training system has been affected by the legacy of the construction boom during which school leaver preferences were for construction craft education and training (e.g. carpentry, plumber, electrical, etc.) rather than engineering.

There are also indications of issues relating to the retention of deboners in industry.

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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.
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
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.
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.
Vacancy Overview 2012 
Released Feb. 2013 by the skills and Labour Market Unit of FAS (now SOLAS) on behalf of the EGFSN, the report outlines areas where job vacancies arose during 2012 and areas where demand continues to exist
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.
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These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
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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.

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