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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Aoife Mc Dermott

Lecturer

Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.
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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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SOLAS FetchCourses


SOLAS (Formerly FÁS) has increased the range of training options available to Job Seekers to assist their re-entry into the labour market.

Further Education and Training or FET, offers a wide variety of life-long education options to anyone over 18. FET includes apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education as well as basic literacy and numeracy services. FET courses and programmes are provided through the Education and Training Board network throughout the country as well as through other local providers including online through SOLAS’ eCollege. FetchCourses courses are provided at levels one to six on the National Qualifications Framework.

FetchCourses.ie is a course search for Further Education & Training in Ireland.

Courses, such as Specific Skills Training and Traineeships which lead to major awards on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) will continue to be offered. 

Click here for Specific Skills Training and Traineeships 

SOLAS also offers a number of short courses (typically 2 modules) as well as evening coursesOnline Courses and Blended Learning Courses which lead to component certification and/or industry recognised certification.

Clients can view information on Training Programmes, search for a course or discuss training options with an Employment Services Officer by contacting their local Employment Services Office or Training Centre.

Other sectoral training includes:

The Local Training Initiative (LTI) is a project-based training and work experience programme carried out in the local community run by local community groups. LTI allows local communities to carry out valuable and necessary projects of benefit to their communities, while at the same time training learners in areas related to the project work so that they can go on to gain employment or progress to further training.

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I have completed a Graduate Management course in the IMI in Dublin as part of of graduate programme in Irish Cement.

I also completed a Certificate in Health, Safety & Welfare at Work in IBEC in collaboration with UCD.

I attended a Kiln and Roller Mill 4 day similar in Germany with Polysius (Supplier of cement kilns)in 2006 to gain greater knowledge on Kilns and mills.

I also attended a 2 day course in MS Project as I was required to use it in my job and a 1-day in house NSAI course in auditing for ISO.

I hope to attend a bearing and welding course this year and also a Project Management course to further my education in these areas.

I also hope to attend a Quarry Management (DAPS) course next year in Derby, England to further my knowledge in quarrying with the hope of pursuing a career in CRH in this area.


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