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What are your interests?



The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with 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.

HEAR and DARE Supports

HEAR and DARE are special routes into college for students who may have particular difficulties.

  • The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  
  • Colleges participating in the scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students.
  • If you get a place through HEAR, you will receive a variety of academic, personal and social supports while at college.

To find out more about the HEAR scheme and to see if you are eligible click here.

  • The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) offers reduced points places to school leavers who, as a result of having a disability, have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. 
  • If you have one or more of the disabilities listed here and your disability has had a negative impact on your second level education, then you should apply to DARE.
  • If you meet the application criteria (that is, are deemed eligible for DARE), you may be offered a place even if you do not have enough Leaving Certificate points for your preferred course. 

To find out more about the DARE scheme click here