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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Dr. John Spillane Construction Management

Dr. John Spillane is currently lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast; specialising in Construction Management. As founder and programme director for a new MSc titled “Building Information Modelling Project Management”, this provides an apt opportunity to apply knowledge gained from extensive industry orientated research into academic teaching in class.

Having successfully completed a Diploma, a BSc (Hons), an MSc and PhD, this complements teaching, particularly on both the MSc in Building Information Modelling Project Management and the MSc in Construction & Project Management. With extensive industry experience as a project manager working on a wide variety of projects, both in Ireland and the UK, a broad and in-depth level of industry experience has been attained.

As a chartered member of the CIOB and full member of the APM, links between industry and academic partners are maintained and utilised with the view of aiding further development of the built environment.

As an active researcher, who continues to publish in high quality peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on a wide variety of subjects including confined site construction, building information modelling (BIM), material management, personnel management, dispute resolution, expatriate assignment and disaster management; further disseminating key findings throughout the construction sector.

For me, it started in LIT

Dr. John Spillane – Construction Management
Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast
LIT Graduate – Construction Management


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