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 Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Defence Forces

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Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Working as a Hair Stylist in Peter Mark

Ever wondered what a career in the hairdressing industry might be like? Read what current employees at Peter Mark have to say about their experiences ...

I applied for a Job as a Stylist within the Peter Mark Company not knowing what to expect. A country girl moving to Dublin to work with the most sought after hairdressing company I was very apprehensive, but I couldn't have imagined it to be any more perfect. I got located in Rathfarnham a short distance from where I'm living and I love it. Great atmosphere and great team I fitted in so easily.

Then I got the opportunity to attend a 6 week course for new stylists to the Company. I can honestly say it was the best 6 weeks ever. I learnt so much from every aspect of Hairdressing you could imagine. It gave me such a confidence boost to return to my salon and start building my clientele and working towards my goals. I'm now 5 months with the company and the opportunities are endless.

I'm attending a Nioxin course this weekend to become a Specialist and have set Goals with my Manger for this year. Your future is very bright at Peter Mark.

Melissa Ryan, Qualified Stylist, Peter Mark Rathfarnham.

Why did I apply for the job? For a chance to work in a well-established company with the top stylists, the fantastic training, to further my career path, to learn new skills and techniques, to set new goals for my career and to teach or be a manager. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work in Peter Mark and I've learnt so much and I'm looking forward to learning more and I am also so lucky to be working in a modern beautifully designed salon .

Lisa Dowling, Qualified Stylist, Peter Mark MacDonnagh Junction

I started in Peter Mark at the age of 17 as a part time assistant. I quickly fell in love with the job and jumped at the chance to become a 1st year trainee. I trained for 4 years in a structured yet fun and creative environment. I learned something new literally every day.

I have been given experiences in all aspects of the hairdressing industry, cut, colour, editorial work etc... I am now proudly a qualified stylist with a strong clientele and work on projects such as photo shoots and competitions. Peter Mark provide an excellent learning environment for both trainees and stylists with endless educational opportunities and progression.

Dannielle Lyons, Qualified Stylist, Style Club North Earl Street

I began working for Peter Mark in 2008 as a receptionist. They have nurtured and encouraged me throughout the last 7 years and brought me through their amazing Manager Training programme. This training programme brought out my strengths and made me more driven as a person and made me realise my potential as a manager. I became the Manager of Style Club and launched our Northside City Centre salon in October 2012.

This role is one that I love and I have grown an amazing creative team of hairdressers. In 2014,I took control of the Style Club Instagram account and continue to grow the brand online. I am so proud to work for Peter Mark and be involved in the continuous growth of their Style Club brand. It a pleasure working in creative environment where every day is different. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else!

Sara Byrne, Manager, Style Club North Earl Street

I began my career within the beauty industry as a Beauty Therapist. After a few years I decided that I would like to expand my knowledge of the industry and so I decided to come to Peter Mark and expand my knowledge on the hair side of Beauty. I began my career in Peter Mark as full time Salon Coordinator. I was very grateful for all the training which was provided since I had no previous knowledge of hair products and services and that there is a fantastic support network in place to assist you.

I then went on to do the Peter Mark Management Programme, after completing this I took up my current role as Deputy Manager. The great thing about working in Peter Mark is that no two days are the same, each day brings its own challenges and rewards which is why after eight years in the company I am still enjoying every aspect of my job.

Karina Gibbons, Deputy Manager, Market Cross Kilkenny

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