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 Deirdre Lavelle from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

Deirdre Lavelle

Care Assistant

St. Michael's House

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Deirdre Lavelle
It can take time to get to know people with learning disabilities, patience and good listen skills are very important.
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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Adults in Ireland have tens of thousands of courses to choose from. They are run in all corners of the country - so it shouldn't be difficult to find one that suits you.

Many courses offer an award on completion, and so can be classified according to the level of the award. CareersPortal classify courses according to 5 Ed Zone's. These are also known as Job Zones (1-5) throughout the site in terms of the level of education required for each job or occupation we profile.

We have listed different course types based on Ed Zones to help you find a course at a level that suits you.

Ed Zone 1
All courses up to and including Junior Certificate standard (NFQ Levels 1 - 4)

Ed Zone 2
Covers Leaving Certificate and most one year Certificates (NFQ Level 5)

Ed Zone 3
Covers Advanced & Higher Certificates, typically two years of study after Leaving Cert. (NFQ Level 6)

Ed Zone 4
Mainly covers Degrees and equivalent. (NFQ Levels 7 & 8)

Ed Zone 5
Covers Postgraduate and specialist professional awards. (NFQ Levels 9 & 10)