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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Social Work

Social Work

Do you have a strong desire to help people improve their lives? Social workers work with the disadvantaged, offering assistance so they can engage fully with society and live full active lives.

Issues social workers will work with include; adoption, fostering, disabilities, mental health, probation, refugees and asylum seekers, substance abuse and the elderly. 

Social workers manage a 'caseload' of individuals or families who they are working with. Their work entails visits to service users, assessments, organising packages of support, making recommendations or referrals to other services and agencies, keeping detailed records and providing support and information. 

The nature of the work varies depending on the area in which they work, but generally it will follow a similar pattern. They build relationships with the people they will be working with, allowing them to understand their needs and to then craft and implement a support plan which suits the person's specific challenges.

In Ireland, the biggest employer of social workers is the Health Service Executive (HSE). Social workers also work with adoption agencies, hospitals, clinics, and in the probation and welfare service. 

Their goal is to enable the people worked with to cope with the problems they are facing and improve the quality of their lives.

It is possible to combine an academic social science degree with professional social work training, or alternatively, you can complete a postgraduate professional course, following a three-year social science degree or its equivalent.

Occupations in Social Work
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Community Resource Worker - Visual Impairment

Community Resource workers provide a range of services to people with visual impairments supporting their practical and emotional skills.

Care Worker

Assists adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility.

Sports Development Officer

Promote access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. Often organise projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training for those who want to participate.

Social Care Worker / Practitioner

Social Care workers help and support people who, perhaps because of their age, a physical or mental health problem or a severe learning difficulty, cannot cope with day-to-day tasks on their own.

Information Officer - Adult Guidance

Supports the day to day work of the adult education guidance service by providing up-to-date, user-friendly, accurate and relevant information and advice to enquiries. 

Community Education Officer

Community education projects focus on promoting learning and educational support within local communities to encourage both individual and community development.

Advice Worker

Provide free, confidential and impartial advice to clients on their rights in a range of legal, financial, social, employment and general consumer issues.

Charity Officer

The title applies to various roles within charity work. The number of positions and nature of charity officer roles can differ greatly depending on the size of the organisations; some large charities require charity officers specialising in specific areas, for example marketing, fundraising, finance, public relations, or project/volunteer management.

Aid Worker - Humanitarian

Aid workers typically operate in front line conditions, facilitating the effective distribution of humanitarian aid to people who have been hit by human or natural disasters.

Community Welfare Officer

Works to ensure that individuals receive any social welfare benefits to which they are entitled.

Youth Worker

Encourages the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary participation.

Social Worker

Helps and advises people who have social problems resulting from illness or disability.

Probation Officer

Acts as a social worker for both inmates and people recently released from prison.

Community Development Worker / Officer

Works with individuals, families or whole communities to empower them to improve their lives.

Equality Officer

Works to ensure there is no discrimination regarding access to employment, education, training opportunities or service for any groups of people such as women, older people or ethnic minorities.

Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education

Offers information and guidance on education, training and work opportunities in environments such as VTOS, adult literacy and community education.

Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Also known as Health Promotion Officer. Encourages and helps people to live a healthy lifestyle and value their well-being.

Careers Adviser

Works in 3rd level colleges and universities providing information and guidance to students considering educational progression or into employment.

Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary

Guides and advises young people as they make their career choices.