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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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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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Construction Professional Occupations

Key points for selected construction professional and associate professional occupations

  • In 2013, there were approximately 19,000 persons employed in the selected construction professional and associate professional occupations, representing 1% of Ireland's workforce
  • Approximately 83% of employment was at professional level; the remainder was at associate professional level (i.e. construction related technicians)
  • Almost 60% of employment was concentrated in professional, scientific and technical activities (mostly in architectural and engineering activities), while a further 12% was in construction
  • Between 2008 and 2013, employment in the selected occupations contracted at an average annual rate of 6.8%, compared to the national average rate of 2.4%
  • While employment contracted for all occupations over the five-year period, the strongest pace of contraction was recorded for architects and town planners followed by civil engineers, with average annual rates of 12.3% and 6.8% respectively; in absolute terms, overall employment contracted by 8,000 between 2008 and 2013, with the largest decreases recorded for architects and town planners and civil engineers
  • Between 2012 and 2013, employment contracted by 7% (almost 2,000 net job losses), with the most pronounced decline for the architectural technologists group
  • Over four fifths of all persons employed in both construction professional and associate professional occupations were aged 25-54; the age profile of employed architects and town planners was the most mature, with 14% aged 55 and over
  • Just over 95% of persons employed in construction professional occupations were third level graduates; the share was 77% for those employed in associate professional occupations
  • Approximately 83% of those employed in the selected occupations were male, well above the national average of 54%; at 30%, architects and town planners had the highest share of females; this group also had the highest share of persons who worked part-time.

Shortage Indicators

Strong growth in absolute and relative terms is expected for construction, as this sector emerges from the lows to which it had fallen following the financial crisis and the bursting of the housing bubble. Despite the strong growth anticipated in the medium term, employment is not expected to reach the levels recorded in 2007 by 2020.

The initial impetus for growth in construction is expected to arise from expansion in other sectors, namely bio-pharma/medical and ICT. The construction of facilities for these sectors (e.g. HP, IBM, Ethicon Biosurgery Ireland, etc.), will create demand for construction skills at all levels.

As the economic recovery gathers pace and consumer confidence improves - aided by recent Government initiatives (e.g. the 'help-to-buy scheme') - growth will also emerge in the residential construction sector. Indications of growth are evident in the recently observed increase in the recruitment of apprentices and a stronger performance from the property market.

While the skills overhang from the recessionary period is sufficient to meet current demand, shortages may emerge in the medium term. Indeed, there are already some indications of shortages of construction and property surveyors.

Labour Market Research 14

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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Current Labour Market related info  3

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.


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