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 Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:

Karl Curran

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Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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The National Skills Bulletin 2017

Long term unemployment falling by over 30,000

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 is the thirteenth in an annual series of reports produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS and the first to be produced on behalf of the National Skills Council (NSC).

2017’s Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, by examining a variety of indicators on demand and supply. The Bulletin sets out to inform policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/training, career guidance and immigration. It also aims to assist students, job seekers, persons returning to the labour force, investors and employers in making labour market decisions.

Ireland continued to experience strengthening labour market during 2016 with further improvements in many labour market indicators such as labour force increases and employment rate increase, with long term unemployment falling by over 30,000, carrying on a consistent trend in recent years.

Strong employment growth was seen in the construction and ICT sectors, with all sectors showing an increase on last year. Despite these improvements, challenges remain in relation to outward migration, new entrants to the labour market and persons with less than higher secondary education attainment.

The occupational guides, containing information on hundreds of occupations has been updated to incorporate the latest labour market information from the National Skills Bulletin. They can be searched here.


Skills shortages

Some of the most relevant findings of the report for those planning a career include the reports extensive exploration of skills shortages across all industries. While shortages exist for many occupations across all sectors of the economy, many of these are small in magnitude and niche areas requiring many years’ experience.’s searchable database of jobs in demand, derived from the National Skills Bulletin 2017, that can be found here.

Science - chemists/analytical scientists, quality control analyst including pharma co-vigilance

Engineering - process and design, quality control/quality assurance, automation, validation/computer validation system, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, technicians: quality assurance/control, process

ICT - software developers, engineers: network database, QA, automated performance tester, systems/solutions architects, database architects, web design, InfoSec (IT security), IoT, cyber security analyst, data/information security, network security, business intelligence, IT managers and business analysts, IT technicians.

Business and financial – accounting, business intelligence and risk analysis, data analytics, FinTech, financial management/financial analysis and multilingual financial clerks Healthcare - medical practitioners, nurses and radiographers.

Construction professionals - construction project managers and quantity surveyors.

Construction craft - curtain wallers, glaziers steelfixer, steel erectors, pipelayers, shuttering carpentry, shift managers and supervisors.

Transport - purchasing managers and senior buyers, distribution specialists with technical expertise and administrative roles in procurement.

Sales & customer service - technical sales and vendor managers/CRM roles with European languages Operatives - qualified CNC and production operatives.

Growth by sector

Chart below displays sectoral employment growth between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016 as reported in the Solas National Skills Bulletin 2017.

*Note, the report warns that estimates of employment in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors are sensitive to sample changes over time and growth rates in these sectors should be interpreted with caution


Read the full report here.

The CareersPortal Team 

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