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 Brian O'Connor from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Analytical Chemist

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Science is a fascinating subject and you truly have to immerse yourself in it. When you do the rewards are fantastic. It is of course a tough subject but once complete you learn how to solve many problems yourself.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of 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.
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ICT Skills Conversion Programmes


In a direct response to specific skills shortages for people with high-level ICT skills, the Department of Education and Skills published a joint Government–Industry ICT Action Plan aimed at building the supply of high-level ICT graduates.

Government ICT Action Plan is available here www.hea.ie/ictskills

A number of higher education providers are offering Level 8 and 9 Conversion Programmes, in collaboration with industry partners. These courses will provide graduates from other skills areas with the opportunity to up-skill or re-skill through full and part-time courses in core computing/programming, software and data analysis.

The programmes on offer are typically for NFQ Level 8 jobseekers with cognate/numerical skills and underlying aptitude for programming. These courses are intensive and include a work placement of 3 to 6 months with an industry partner. (Applicants at Level 7 with relevant experience may also apply)

All courses are supported by the HEA and Department of Education and Skills which means the tuition fees normally associated with such programmes are waived. These programmes are also unique in that all have close industry involvement in their design and operation and include industry relevant projects and work placements which will leave graduates fully 'work ready' on completion.

To search for ICT conversion courses currently on offer click here