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 Ejiro O'Hare Stratton from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

Health Service Executive

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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

I would advise having a degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Professional training in nursing is necessary in order to understand patient care and what standards are required to provide quality care in an acute hospital setting.

One would also have to understand the value of planning, implementing and evaluating work practices in order to get the best out of employees. The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Business & Office Administration Graduate

Claire Rushe

Having been made redundant in 2008, I ended up staying at home for seven years to care for my young family. When my youngest child started school, I decided it was time to get myself back out into the workforce, but I was very undecided as to what I wanted to do.

In March 2015, I attended an Open Day at Monaghan Institute. I felt very intimidated walking through those doors for the first time and if truth be told I just wanted to walk straight back out again, but one of the tutors immediately caught sight of me and came straight over to chat with me and offered me advice on the different courses being run there. After a ten minute conversation with her I knew I had just taken the first step towards the rest of my life.

I started the QQI Business Administration course that September. At times I found it quite difficult to balance college, work and family life but with so much support from my tutors and classmates I made it through the year and finished with full Distinctions. It was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding years of my life.

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