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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott

Lecturer

Department of Education and Skills

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Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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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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