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 Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Louise Mc Donald

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Defence Forces

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Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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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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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