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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Higher Options 2017

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Higher Options 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017 

Higher Options 2017

Higher Options 2017 takes place this week on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th  & Friday 15th, September 2017 at the RDS Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. It's the perfect opportunity for 6th Year, 5th Year and TY students to connect directly with third level colleges and universities and ask questions. There will also be a big focus this year on apprenticeships.

The CareersPortal Team will be available over the three days of the event at Stand 71, just across from coffee shop. Please feel free to call to our stand with any questions you might have. You can also take the Careers Portal Interest-Profiler (CPIP) to measure the relative strengths of your interests and get a free printable report containing a summary of your career interests, along with some occupations that match your interest profile.

Making the most out of your visit to Higher Options

  • Plan your visit in advance and make the most of your day.
  • Check out the full list of colleges and universities taking part this year and what stand number they are located at. A printable Higher Options 2017 map is available here.
  • Identify the colleges you particularly want to talk to before you go to the event.
  • Have your questions worked out so that you get any information you need.
  • Check out the schedule of talks and lectures that will be taking place and note the times of the ones of interest to you to make sure you get to attend them.

The Irish Times Higher Options is held in association with the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Minister for Education & Skills Richard Bruton TD, with Beatrice Dooley, Vice President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors at the Launch of Higher Options 2017.