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 Deirdre Kelleghan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Deirdre Kelleghan

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Deirdre Kelleghan
Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Ways to Enter

You can submit your entry Online, by Email or by Post. Whichever option you choose, please ensure that Section 1 (Entry Details) are completed and accurate. 

Online Entries

To submit your entry online, you must have a CareersPortal account - its free!.

To create an account, or to login if you have an account, click here: Login.

Then follow the links to the competition and complete your submission by typing the information required directly into the spaces provided. Save as you go. You can revisit and edit your online entry as often as you wish, right up until the closing date.

Email or Postal Entries

Your submission should be typed into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) and formatted to produce a clear and concise document. Use the headings provided in the instructions to layout the document. All sections must be completed.

Once the document is complete, it should be checked by your Programme Coordinator / Teacher or Guidance Counsellor to ensure all relevant information is included.

Email the completed document as an attachment (MS Word or PDF) to: with the following details in your subject line:

Your Name, Competition Category, Your School Name e.g. John Smith, TY, Marian College


2. Print your document and post it to the following address:

TY / LCA / LCVP / LC (select one)
National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,
Dublin 14.



The closing date for the submission is early April each year. The winners and award ceremony will be announced in May of the same year.

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