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 Megan McEvoy from Languages Connect to give some advice for people considering this job:
While I find my career extremely rewarding there are some aspects of it that I hadn't been prepared for. It's a very harsh industry and you need to have thick skin. You could go to 10 auditions and get a no before you get a yes and this process can be quite draining. For that reason it requires not only extreme dedication but also a lot of passion as without the love for dance sometimes it could all seem too much.
I would say to anyone hoping to dance professionally to get into as many technical dance classes as they can now as they'll help you greatly in your training. Pay attention in business studies as soon you'll be promoting yourself as a business be it as a teacher, choreographer or performer. Confidence is key in this career and while that is individual to each person, in general, the more experience and knowledge you have the more confident you're going to be so watch videos, read books and most importantly go to see performances to get a feel for what's involved.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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.