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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics


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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100 new jobs with Designer Group

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100 new jobs with Designer Group

Friday, May 12, 2017 

100 new jobs with Designer Group

Designer Group Limited has today announced the creation of 100 new jobs at its Dublin base in Blanchardstown.

The mechanical, electrical, engineering and energy services company said the new positions will come on stream over the coming year.

Designer Group is officially opening a new €2m office space in Blanchardstown today. The additional jobs will bring the number of people employed by the company to 750, having added 250 staff in the past two years.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Designer Group are available here.


130 apprentices are also employed by the company, with training provided at its former office base which has now been converted into a dedicated training centre. Details of apprenticeship opportunities are available here.

An Irish company, Designer Group has offices in Ireland and Germany. It also operates in the UK, Africa and the US. The company was set up in 1992 and provides services to commercial and industrial customers, with clients including Irish Life, Yahoo, Dropbox and Bristol Myers Squibb.

The CareersPortal Team