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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:
We are giving away superb prizes for the top three entries in each of three categories as follows:
What's the Competition?
There are three distinct categories in the competition – for TY and Leaving Cert (available in both Irish and English), and for FET. Each version has been optimised to work best for that student group. The sections of the competition are tailored based on the following elements:
CAREER INVESTIGATION (TY, Leaving Cert)
The National Career Skills Competition asks you to investigate closely one person that you get to work alongside during your time on work placement.
You are asked to describe the job role, to find out what education is required to enter that job role, to notice some of the skills required to do the job well, and most importantly, to tell us what skills you observed and developed during your time on work placement. In other words, you need to complete a Career Investigation.
Because it is not always possible get a work placement in the career area or occupation of interest to you, you may either complete the Career Investigation based on the actual placement that you are in, or you may gather the necessary information by researching the career or occupation that does interest you.
WORK EXPERIENCE / PLACEMENT REPORT (TY, LCA, LCVP, LCE & FET)
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 to see what their work is like, and to think about whether you might like to do something similar someday. Love it or hate it, you will certainly know more after spending time observing, helping-out, or even contributing to the tasks and activities of a workplace. 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 your placement (three days for FET entrants), for example, what duties you were given, how you got on with staff or customers and so on. This part of the competition is called the Work Placement Report.
CAREER SKILLS STATEMENT (LCA, LCVP, LCE & FET)
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 necessary skills to be a good employee. Creating a Career Skills Statement will help you to focus on your employability skills by asking you to describe some of the skills you developed while on placement. Entries in the Leaving Cert category require a Career Skills Statement that shows you understand and have developed 5 career skills during your work placement and other activities.
REFLECTION, EVALUATION & CONCLUSIONS (all entries)
Finally, you are asked to reflect and review your work experience in terms of your personal career direction, and application to everyday life and future career planning.
Entry Date & Address
The final entry date for the 2018 competition is 23rd March 2018.
The address to send postal entries is:
National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,