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What are your interests?

Linguistic?

Linguistic

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

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Hint: An Garda Sí­ochána
I could not have made such a big leap without the support of my fiancée, Edel. She was delighted when I got the offer even though we had a 3 year old daughter and she was pregnant with our son. She had to sacrifice a lot for the 8 months I was training.

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Career Exploration

When it comes to being in full-time employment, it is likely that you will spend as much time 'on the job' as with your family and friends, so it makes sense to do something that makes your heart sing. Therefore, investing some time in self-assessment is time well spent.

Self-Assessment - What's the value of it?

From a career development point of view, self-exploration is primarily about identifying your talents, strengths and weaknesses. It helps you to identify what motivates you and to understand what your hopes and aspirations are, using this information to point you in a particular career direction.

Start the process by completing some self-assessment exercises. None are going to provide you with a complete picture, but they all provide some perspective and can be used to open your mind to new possibilities, or to simply confirm what you already know (that’s not a bad thing, as it can increase your confidence in that area).

The process will help you to identify occupations that include things you really like to do. In the long run, you are likely to be more fulfilled, and you will probably be more productive too. Think about the impact having a career you enjoy would have on your personal life too - how it would affect your family, your friends, your social life?

Interest Test - Why do an interest test or interest profiler?

Choosing a career direction that takes into account the sort of things you are interested in makes good sense. This ensures that you will be motivated as you have a natural inclination already in a particular area.

You can take the Careers Portal Interest-Profiler (CPIP) to measure the relative strengths of your interests.

This instrument also provides you with a free printable report containing a summary of your career interests, along with some occupations that match your interest profile.

You will need to login to take this test as your results will be kept for you in your Career File.

FAQs - I did one in school - why should I do it again?

Interest tests will give you different results at different times in your life, based on where you are along life’s journey. Chances are that you no longer like the same things you liked a few years ago - you may have learned to like vegetables since then, or have shifted your allegiance from Leeds United to Liverpool (!!!). In the same way, your career interests may or may not have shifted and changed.


Occupations In Demand
There is a shortage of experienced people in these occupations in Ireland at the moment. For further information on Labour Market trends, go to our Labour Market section.

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Accountant
Anaesthetist
Animator
Automation Engineer
Biochemist
Building / Construction Project Manager
Business Analyst
Butcher / De-boner - Wholesale
Call Centre Operator
Care Worker
Carpenter / Joiner
Chef
Chemical Engineer
Chemical Plant Process Technician
Chemist
Civil / Construction Engineer
Computer / IT Support Specialist
Crane Operator
Customer Service Representative
Data Analyst
Data Scientist
Database Administrator
Design & Development Engineer
Digital Marketing Executive
Doctor / GP
Electrical Engineer
Electrician
Farmer - Dairy
Financial Analyst
Fitter - Plant Machinery
Forklift Driver / Operator
General Nurse (RGN)
Glazier / Stone Cutter
HGV - Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver
Information Architect - IT
IT Project Manager
Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Manufacturing Technician
Marketing Executive
Mechanical Engineer
Paediatrician
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician
Polymer Technician
Production & Process Engineer
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst
Quality Engineer
Quantity Surveyor (QS)
Radiographer - Diagnostic
Radiographer - Therapeutic
Sales Representative
Scaffolder
Site Engineer
Software Engineer
Sous Chef
Steelfixer / Erector
Supply Chain Analyst
Teacher - Secondary Level
Test Engineer - ICT
Test Lead - Software
Toolmaker
Web Designer / Developer
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