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.

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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Apprenticeship Networking Event for Cavan and Monaghan

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Apprenticeship Networking Event for Cavan and Monaghan

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Apprenticeship Networking Event for Cavan and Monaghan

Interested in starting your career immediately? Take up an apprenticeship in an existing craft or a new apprenticeship area...

Cavan and Monaghan Education & Training Borad (CMETB) are hosting an Apprenticeship Networking Event for potential apprentices to meet employers, and for employers to meet potential apprentices.

This innovative career event takes place at The Cavan Crystal Hotel on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 from 5.30pm- 8.00pm.

A second event takes place at the Garage Theatre Monaghan - Tuesday 9th May 2017 from 5.30pm - 8.00pm

For further information or to register to attend as an employer contact Gaye McGuigan or Margaret Smith at 049 4331044.

Find out more about apprenticeships here.

The CareersPortal Team