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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:
Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.
While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.
To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life.
I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!
Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.
What are your interests?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.