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.
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It is important to be a hard-worker, confident, have a "thick skin" and to be ready to push yourself and learn as much as you can as a trainee solicitor. The process of obtaining a traineeship is very competitive and results and your "CV" matters in this respect to be selected but often in the early years as a trainee the most important thing is to show ambition and drive and an ability to get the job done despite obstacles and pressures.
It is also important, as in every walk of life, to show compassion and form personal bonds with colleagues and clients. I believe that people work their best and reach their potential when encouraged in a friendly and positive environment.
What are your interests?
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
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.
ESB’s Graduate Development Programme offers challenging engineering work and development prospects both in Ireland and internationally. ESB has given me excellent opportunities to work on large-scale projects, such as the construction and commissioning of the Carrington CCGT 880MW power station in Manchester.
The facility is the best in its class and the most efficient and modern CCGT power station in the UK. Through the excellent training and development programme offered by ESB, I have availed of an exceptional amount of training including Engineers Ireland CPD training and Generation Engineering training with ESB International.
On completion of my Graduate Development Programme this year, the company has offered to sponsor me to complete a Masters.
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