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 Liam Dowling from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Career Skills Competition

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National Skills Competition 2017


Thanks to McDonald's (kind sponsors of our great prizes!) we are able to offer a simple competition that makes your work experience work for you.
 
The competition is exclusive to Second Level schools in Ireland running Transition Year or one of the Leaving Cert programmes (Established, Vocational or Applied).

COMPETITION CLOSED - closing date was 5th April 2017.

The competition is organised through the Coordinators/Teachers of these programmes or your Guidance Counsellor, so to enter you must contact the appropriate person.

Prizes
We are giving away superb prizes for the top three entries in each of three categories: TY, Leaving Cert (Including LCA & LCVP) and Irish Language entries. In addition, the school of the winning student from each category will receive a cash prize for the relevant programme.

What's the Competition?
The competition is based on your experience on a work placement. When you do a work placement, you get a chance to see and meet the people whose work and efforts contribute to the success of a company or organisation. You get a chance to see what the work is like, and think about whether you might like to do something similar someday. Love it or hate it, you will certainly know more after spending some time watching, helping out, or even contributing to the tasks and activities of these people.

The Career Investigation (all entries)
This competition asks you to investigate closely one person who you get to work alongside during your placement. It asks you to describe the job-role, find out what education is required to enter it, to notice some of the skills required to do the job well, and most importantly, tell us what skills you have developed during that time. In other words, you need to complete a Career Investigation for a job role you observe during your work experience.

If you cannot get a work placement for a career you are interested in, you may complete a Career Investigation for one that you are. In this case you must research the career to get the necessary information.

The Work Placement Report (TY entries only)
Your work experience will provide you with new experiences and challenges. Each day will bring something different, and there is much to be learned. The competition asks you to tell us about your experience by providing an account of what you did for two days of the placement, for example, what duties you were given, or how you got on with staff or customers and so on. This part of the competition is called the Work Placement Report, and is required for TY students only.   

The Career Skills Statement (all Leaving Cert entries only)
Gaining experience from your work placement is great, and is likely to help you to focus on your career path. But to get a job (even a summer job or part-time job) you will need to convince your employer that you have the skills to be a good employee. Creating a Career Skills Statement will help you focus on your employability skills by asking you to describe a number of skills you developed. Your Career Skills Statement will show that you understand and have developed 5 career skills during the course of a work placement and other activities.

Quick overview:

  1. Familiarise yourself with important skills essential for success in college and work.
  2. Choose a work placement in a career area you are interested in. On the placement look out for these skills - and find out additional information about the career, e.g. what courses might lead to it, what subjects are relevant etc.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the competition rules for the programme you are entering (there are different rules for different programmes - check the details for the programme you are eligable for here
  4. Make a note of what happens during the work experience and look out for those things mentioned in the competition rules.
  5. Create a new document in a word processor and complete the sections required for the category you are entering (see competition rules for details).
  6. Make sure you get the support of one of your teachers / coordinators or your guidance counsellor - they need to approve the entry also.
  7. Send your completed document to the competition address at the bottom of this page to arrive no later than the Entry Date. You can also email your document instead - to careerskills@careersportal.ie by the same date.

Entry Date & Address
The final entry date for the competition was th April 2017.

The address to send postal entries is:

National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,
Clonskeagh,
Dublin 14.


Great Prizes!