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 Lisa Berry from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lisa Berry

Restaurant Manager

McDonald's

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  Lisa Berry

My advice would be it is definitely a job where if you work hard and maintain your ambition you can have a satisfying career.

I think the biggest misconception is that McDonald's is only a job and stop gap to something else.

You will need patience, drive and commitment and be able to adapt to change. The skills you will learn with this job will be lifelong skills.

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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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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.

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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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Irish Independant News - Labour Market 
Current news relating to the Irish Labour market.


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