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 Alan O'Neill from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

Alan O'Neill


Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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Alan O'Neill
Some may think that you can go untrained into fishing. The best advice I would give people considering fishing as a profession is to get training. Fishing is an all encompassing career - when you need to go fishing, the rest of your life goes on hold unfortunately. It is very unpredictabe because you could be fishing non stop for three weeks and tied up for two.

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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Teacher Shortages in key subject areas

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Teacher Shortages in key subject areas

Friday, January 05, 2018 

Teacher Shortages in key subject areas

According to the most recent statistics published by the Department of Education and Skills (2016-2017), there is a shortage of teachers available to teach in key subject areas. Minister for Education Richard Bruton has come under pressure of late to tackle the general shortage of teachers and in particular the shortage of teachers teaching key subjects such as Irish, Home Economics, Physics and European Languages.

Mr Burton has also highlighted the importance of having significant number of teachers in the STEM subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This issue has been addressed in the department’s recent report on STEM Education here.

Some schemes and suggestions being discussed to address the shortages include covering the cost of a teaching qualification for those who already have obtained degrees in areas such as physics and maths.

Other suggestions include upskilling existing teachers to carry out new roles and offering incentives to those coming out of college with applicable qualifications. Mr. Bruton is looking ahead with immediate effect to address the teacher shortage in key subject areas and he aims to start looking at new initiatives this year.

We will be updating the “Education Sector” page to inform the public and guidance community of any new opportunities available when they come to light.

Here at CareersPortal we have a vast amount of information for those who would like a career in Secondary School Teaching which is such a creative, challenging and rewarding vocation and has the potential to have such a significant impact on society at large.

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