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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lydia Peppard

Care Assistant

Health Service Executive

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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Top tips for choosing the right Springboard+ course

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Top tips for choosing the right Springboard+ course

Friday, July 28, 2017 

Top tips for choosing the right Springboard+ course

Participating in Springboard+ offers a chance for you to learn and accomplish your professional goals.

Through the course you take with Springboard+, you’ll become better equipped to take on your career or begin a new chapter in a different career field. But the course you take through Springboard+ is not just a course that leads you down a career path — it's a reflection of your interests, goals, and passions. It’s important to us that you choose the right course that fits your character and that will help you succeed.

We have some tips on how to make the most out of your Springboard+ experience and to help you get to where you want to go faster. It all begins with steps to choose the best course for you.

  • Trust your instincts and manage your fear
  • Apply

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