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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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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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Competition Details - TY
This document contains the rules for the Transition Year competition as well as details as to what exactly is required.



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Competition Details - TY - Irish
This document contains the rules for the Transition Year competition through Irish as well as details as to what exactly is required. This is a separate competition for students making their application through Irish which attracts a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.



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Competition Details - FET
This document contains the rules for FET/QQI students entering the competition in 2016, as well as details as to what exactly is required.



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Competition Details - LC & LCVP & LCA
This document contains the rules for the Leaving Cert, Leaving Cert Vocational, and Leaving Cert Applied Programme competition, as well as details as to what exactly is required.



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Competition Details
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Competition Details - LC & LCVP & LCA - Irish
This document contains the rules for the Leaving Cert, Leaving Cert Vocational, and Leaving Cert Applied Programme competition, as well as details as to what exactly is required.



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Competition Details
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Career Skills Definitions
This page lists the Career Skills and definitions on a single page.

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Document - Career Skills Definitions
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Knowledge Requirements
This page lists the Knowledge Requirements and definitions on a single page.

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Document - Knowledge Requirements
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Career Skills Self-Assessment Workbook
You can use the exercise on this downloadable worksheet to learn about the Career Skills used in the competition. By rating yourself on these skills, you can see where your strengths and weaknesses may lie. Then, you can look for opportunities to develop and practice your underdeveloped skills.

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Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment
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Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment - Irish
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Career Skills Evaluation Form - Optional
This form is to be filled in by the supervisor of a work placement and returned to the coordinator of the programme in the school.


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Worksheet - Work Placement Evaluation
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