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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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170 new jobs with DIY retail chain Grafton Merchanting

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170 new jobs with DIY retail chain Grafton Merchanting

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 

170 new jobs with DIY retail chain Grafton Merchanting

Grafton Merchanting, the owner of builders' and plumbers' merchant businesses Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Sam Hire, Telfords and Davies has announced the creation of 170 jobs across the country.

The new jobs will come on stream over the next two years as business continues to expand and will increase employment at Grafton Merchanting, which is owned by the Grafton Group, to a total of 1,420.

Up to 100 of the new roles will be created this year, with the rest next year, in 2018. The new positions include:

  • senior management
  • specialist sales
  • operatives
  • administrative support.

The company said that new jobs will be added in most regions with Dublin set to benefit immediately with the creation of 30 new roles as the group opens three new branches.

The new outlets include Chadwicks Express branches in East Wall and Turvey and a Davies' outlet - a specialist heating and bathroom branch - in Sallynoggin in south Dublin.


Details of careers with Grafton Group PLC are available here. Follow the menu for links to individual businesses.

Eddie Kelly, CEO of Grafton Merchanting in the Republic of Ireland, said the new jobs are further evidence of a tangible and sustainable turning point for the construction sector in Ireland.  "At GMROI, our experienced and knowledgeable staff were a real differentiator during the downturn and that sector knowledge has also informed our decision to invest in new store formats in locations that meet the needs of builders in urban locations," Mr Kelly added

The CareersPortal Team