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 Marie O'Donovan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:
You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.
You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.
What are your interests?
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.
Many people are unsure of where they should start when thinking about returning to education for personal development, to upskill or to get a job. There are services and supports available to help you with making these decisions:
Adult Educational Guidance Initiative
The Adult Education Guidance Service in Ireland is available to adults who are thinking about returning to education.
Information officers within the AEGS can also provide advice and information on local, regional an national opportunities for adult learners.
Adult Education Guidance Services in the Leinster region Adult Education Guidance Services in the Munster region Adult Education Guidance Services in the Connaght region Adult Education Guidance Services in the Ulster region
Launch of Every Step of the Way: Learner Stories Booklet
To view the recently launchedAdult Guidance Education Initiativelearner stories Every Step of the Waybooklet:click here
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CareersPortal Career Guidance Service
What is Guidance?
“Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society.” (National Guidance Forum Report 2007)
CareersPortal provides a professional guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions.
This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.
To book an appointment contact Bernadette Walsh at email@example.com or phone: 01-2090797. All guidance counsellors are fully qualified professionals and members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.
Note: This is a fee paying appointment service. We cannot provide individual guidance advice by telephone.
Insitute of Guidance Counsellors
The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) is the professional body representing over 1200 guidance practitioners in second level schools, third level colleges, adult guidance services, private practice and in other settings.
There are trained guidance professionals available that can help support you with your career planning and decisions.
For a list of registered private practitioners with the IGC click here.
Department of Social Protection
If you are currently unemployed, there may also be supports available when making employment and education decisions.
The Department of Social Protection have a number of key employment support services that provide information and advice for individuals in receipt of social welfare.
Contact information for all organisations and services that provide information and guidance to jobseekers is available here.