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

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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 Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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250 new jobs for Dublin with Veritas Technologies

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250 new jobs for Dublin with Veritas Technologies

Monday, October 02, 2017 

250 new jobs for Dublin with Veritas Technologies

Tech company Veritas has today announced the creation of 250 new jobs.

The jobs will be located at its new research and development centre in Blanchardstown in Dublin Northwest. Veritas Technologies is a data protection and management company. The firm plans to double its workforce by the end of 2019.

The company's new R&D centre at Ballycoolin was officially opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning. Veritas has said the recruitment drive will focus on development roles - from new graduate positions to senior level executives. 130 of the new roles will be filled within the next year.

The company also wants to create close links with universities in Ireland and will launch an internship graduate programme next year.

Veritas chief executive Bill Coleman, said "our latest research shows that 56% of organisations have a cloud first mentality but are struggling with how to protect their data, gain visibility and extract maximum value while staying compliant". The aim of the new centre is to focus on solving these challenges.

Deatils of current vacancies with Veritas Technologies at its Ballycoolin location are available here.

The CareersPortal Team