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.

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Cork Energy Firm to Create 70 New Jobs

Energy company NRG Awareness is to create 70 new jobs within the next two years.

The Cork firm, NRG Awareness,  which focuses on reducing heating costs for homes and businesses, said it expects to “expand significantly” and grow its direct staff numbers from seven to 30 by the end of next year.

It said this growth would be responsible for up to 50 new heating installer jobs around the State.

NRG Awareness already works directly with up to 150 heating installers on a regular basis around the State, and said it was predicting a turnover of €5 million by the end of 2020. The company has already started marketing and selling its patented products into the UK market.

State grants have delivered energy upgrades for more than 375,000 Irish homes, with many more expected in the coming years. By the end of 2019, NRG Awareness will have sold approximately 6,000 units and it expects to reach 20,000 by the end of 2020.

NRG Awareness managing director Patrick Hogan said the company’s product range and service model was developed with an understanding that not all clients will have the same requirements.

“They won’t possess the specialised expertise needed to support the enormous amount of energy efficient-but-complex innovations arriving almost daily in the heating industry marketplace,” he said.

“At NRG Awareness it is our aim to ensure we make heating homes and businesses as efficient and cost-effective for our customers as possible, while maximising comfort.”

The company said it helps its customers reduce their home and commercial heating bills by between 15 to 60 per cent. Offering a “hands-on, on-site” approach, they work directly with customers and hundreds of heating installers.

NRG Awareness is an Irish company, headquartered in Cork city. It has worked with many commercial businesses in the Republic, including a number of community hospitals across Munster where it said heating bills were reduced on average by 40 per cent per annum.

 

Article sourced from www.theirishtimes.com, 14th May 2018, Colin Gleeson

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