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


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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CPA Ireland Partners with Cork Institute of Technology

CPA Ireland is delighted to Partner with Cork Institute of Technology regarding the work placement component for third year students completing the BA Honours in Accounting programme. As part of a review of their syllabus on their Accounting Honours Degree, CIT are now placing their third-year students on work placements for 5 to 8 months from January 2018. CPA members who have vacancies within their companies and practices in the region can now have access to this pool of potential graduate employees. For more information on job vacancies in CPA approved employers you can also have a look at our JobSearch Page.

The CPA Ireland Conferring Ceremony took place on the 2nd of December in Croke Park. Congrats to all our conferees on the day and we wish you all long and prosperous careers ahead. A great day was had by all. For more information on what a career as a CPA could look like, take a look at some of the profiles of this year’s conferees which were shared across the day on our social media. 


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