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Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

About

Teaching careers span a wide range of settings and the work can vary depending on the ages being worked with, working with pre-schoolers is a very different kind of teaching to that undertaken by a university academic, juggling in depth teaching with their own research and writing. You can find yourself teaching adults too, such as workplace training or those going back to education to help them switch careers.

Skills

    communication, education & training, managing resources, time management, decision making, people management, writing, researching information, compassion, leadership, initiative, working with children, active listening,

Key Facts

563k
students in primary schools in 2017/2018
357k
second level students in 2017/2018
232k
enrolled in higher education in 2017/2018
1
million Irish people are under 15

Labour Market Information

With 167,600 persons employed in the 4th quarter of 2017 the education sector made up 7.5% of national employment. Employment rose by 20.6% between 2012 to 2017, meaning an additional 11,400 persons employed in the sector.

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 notes it is proving difficult to source qualified secondary teachers for certain key subjects (e.g. foreign languages, science). Changes in government policy in relation to the introduction of other subjects (such as career guidance) will require the sourcing of teachers with the required skills. Demand for secondary teachers is expected to continue in the near future as the population grows.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Education

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice
  • About this Sector

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Posted by Department of Education and Skills
Teaching in Ireland
Teaching in Ireland

  • Initial Teacher Education Training
  • Irish Language Requirement
  • The Teaching Council 
  • Returning to Work in Ireland 

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Posted by Department of Education and Skills
Teaching Transforms
Teaching Transforms

  • Undergraduate Options
  • Postgraduate Options
  • Working in Ireland 
  • Teaching in Ireland

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Posted by Department of Education and Skills

Career Videos...

 
Brian Cadigan - Primary School Teacher
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Brian Cadigan - Primary School Teacher

 
Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor
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Brian Howard - Guidance Counsellor

 
Aoife Mc Dermott - Lecturer
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Aoife Mc Dermott - Lecturer

 
Paul Meany - School Principal
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Paul Meany - School Principal

Career Interviews

Paul Galvan, Resource Teacher

Prioritising learning needs for students can be challenging, as there are often subtle learning difficulties which can prove difficult to target

Deirdre Sayers, Primary School Teacher

There is a great sense of satisfaction in seeing another person develop both academically and emotionally

Aine Ni Dhubhain, Forestry Lecturer

College Course Videos...

 
Early Childhood Care & Education MI007 - Mary Immaculate College
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Early Childhood Care & Education MI007 - Mary Immaculate College

 
School of Education Studies DC235 - Dublin City University
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School of Education Studies DC235 - Dublin City University

 
Science with Concurrent Teacher Education LM096  - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Science with Concurrent Teacher Education LM096 - University of Limerick