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.

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Only enter the Defence Forces if you are willing to commit to it 100% as it is a long tough road which can be extremely rewarding if you fully engage it. Like everything in this life, you get out what you put in.
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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
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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
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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
[pdf - 400Kb, 5 pages]

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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
[pdf - 143Kb, 1 page]
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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
[pdf - 540Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment - Irish
[pdf - 560Kb, 4 pages]
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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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