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.
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HEAR and DARE Advice Clinics 2018

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HEAR and DARE Advice Clinics 2018


Thursday, January 11, 2018 




HEAR and DARE Advice Clinics 2018

HEAR and DARE are supported college and university access initiatives aimed at school-leavers - both aim to increase third-level participation rates among people from under-represented groups. The colleges participating in the schemes set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. A series of application advice clinics will be held in January. Clinic dates are outlined below.

DARE is the disability access route. It offers college places on a reduced points basis to school leavers, under 23 years, with a disability. Further information about DARE is available here.  

HEAR is the higher education access route - an admissions route for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. For further information about HEAR click here.

HEAR and DARE Application Advice Clinics 2018

Each year, information and advice clinics take place in various locations around the country in advance of the CAO deadline. The purpose of these help sessions is to answer any questions applicants may have and make the application process as accesible as possible.

Saturday 20th January 2018 is the designated clinic date for application and advice clinics around the country.

Intending applicants are invited to drop by anytime between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm and talk to DARE and HEAR advisors about your application. Information videos will also be shown. Applicants, their parents, guardians, teachers, and guidance counsellors are welcome to attend.

DARE and HEAR CLINIC VENUES 2018

  • Cork: UCC, Aula Maxima
  • Dublin: Trinity Access Programme, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse St., Dublin 2
  • Donegal: Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey
  • Galway: NUIG Galway, Aula Maxima Lower 
  • Kildare: Maynooth University, Phoenix Building, North Campus  
  • Kilkenny: Maynooth University, Kilkenny Campus, College Road
  • Limerick: University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School 
  • Monaghan: Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney 
  • Midlands: Athlone Institute of Technology, Coffee Dock Main Building, Dublin Road, Athlone
  • Sligo: Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo

Additional advice clinics are taking place on alternative dates in January as follows:

  • Kerry: The Rose Hotel, Tralee Wednesday 17th January 2018, 5-8pm
  • Waterford: Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road. 23rd January 2018: 6-8pm
  • Wexford: Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford Thursday 18th January 2018, 2-7pm

For full details and direction to venues see www.accesscollege.ie

The CareersPortal Team