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 Niamh Yates from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
Know what you like and dislike, and what you are good at and not so good at so you study or do an apprenticeship in something that you will love so that work is a job as well as a hobby. Choose a more general degree eg science or engineering where you do a lot of subjects in first year then specialize. If you don’t get the course you want you can still do a similar one as the fundamentals are the same.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
Craft apprenticeships train you for becoming a recognised craftsperson in Ireland. You work for an employer while at the same time learning the skills and gaining the knowledge you need to qualify in your chosen trade.
Commonly known as 'learning a trade', apprenticeships have always been an attractive career path. Candidates earn a wage during their instruction period and complete blocks of modular training over a period of time appropriate to the skills that must be acquired. Apprenticeship qualifications are mobile throughout the world.
Craft apprenticeships are generally made-up of seven phases over a period of four years. Three phases are 'off-the-job' and four are 'on-the-job'. [SeeApprenticeship Trainingfor general details]
Apprentices are paid throughout their training both 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' [See Pay & Fees]. Some employers will even pay accommodation costs for apprentices whilst in training.
Apprenticeship is a great way to get onto the career ladder, earn money, get experience, as well as a qualification up to Level 6 or beyond on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). [See Becoming an Apprenticefor information on getting started.]
Video: Meet Ireland's Apprentices and find out more about WorldSkills, Brazil 2017
Did you know ...
Many Irish apprentices compete strongly in the Ireland Skills competition each year, going on to represent their country in the World Skills Competition, winning medals for the skills they have learnt. World Skills is effectively the Olympic Games for apprentices.
Apprenticeship provides opportunities for women to broaden their career options into new and non-traditional areas of work. To promote this, a special bursary is offered to employers to encourage the recruitment of female apprentices in certain sectors.Contact the apprenticeship section in your local ETB for details.