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 Michelle Ryan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Michelle Ryan

Corporate Sales Manager

Failte Ireland


  Michelle Ryan
Firstly it is very important that you get a third level education as this is a requirement in most hotels for a job in sales. This is the most important step in working in hotel sales. You should gain as much experience within the industry which I found very beneficial.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Administrative and Secretarial Occupations

Key points for selected Administrative and Secretarial Occupations

  • There were approximately 145,000 persons employed in administrative and secretarial occupations, accounting for almost 8% of Ireland’s workforce 
  • Employment was distributed across all sectors of the economy; at 25%, the highest share was in public administration and defence (approximately 80% of employment in government administrative occupations was in this sector) 
  • Employment in the selected occupations declined by 4.5% on average annually over the period 2007-2012, translating into approximately 38,000 net job losses; the strongest decline was recorded for P.A.s, which decreased by 6.8% on average annually; in contrast, the slowest pace of contraction was for records and library clerks (-0.8% on average annually, employment levels remained virtually static)
  • Between 2011 and 2012, overall employment contracted by 3.6% on average annually, with 5,500 net job losses recorded
  • At least 66% of all persons employed in each occupation was aged 25-54; the age profile of the workforce of receptionists was the youngest, with 14% aged 15-24; in contrast, it was the most mature for records and library clerks, with just over 25% of all employed persons aged 55 or older 
  • Just over one half of all persons employed in administrative and secretarial occupations held higher secondary/FET qualifications, exceeding the national average of 38%; the share with third level qualifications ‒ at almost 40% ‒ was below the national average of 46%; receptionists had the lowest level of educational attainment, with 15% of those employed holding lower secondary or less qualifications 
  • Employment in each occupation was predominantly female 
  • The prevalence of part-time work was the highest for receptionists and records and library clerks ‒ approximately two fifths of all persons employed in each of these occupations worked part-time

Shortage Indicators

There is currently no shortage of administrative and secretarial skills in Ireland. Nonetheless, there are indications that some roles, limited to certain niche areas, are proving difficult to fill:
  • multilingual accounts payable clerks
  • specialist admin staff in transport/logistics (especially with German language skills)
  • credit control clerks

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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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