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 Padraig Parle from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Padraig Parle

Teacher - Special Needs

Department of Education and Skills

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Padraig Parle
It is essential to be a very patient and organised person. Also you must have a sense of humour, be easy going and not take yourself too seriously.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Ways to Enter

You can submit your entry Online, by Email or by Post.

Online Entries

To submit your entry online, you must have a CareersPortal account.

To create an account, or to login if you have an account, click here: Login. Then follow the links to the competition.

Postal or Email Entries

The 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, and include information on all sections required.

Once the document is completed it should be checked by your Programme Coordinator/teacher or Guidance Counsellor to ensure all the relevant sections are included.

Please also ensure all the appropriate information in section 1 (entry details) are included and accurate.

Your document can be submitted in a number of ways.

1. Email the completed document as an attachment to with the following details in your subject line: Your Name, Competition Category and 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.


3. Create the document online using our online word processor.

The closing date for the submission is the 5th April 2017. The winners and award ceremony will be announced in May 2017.

Great Prizes!

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