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What are your interests?



The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with 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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Hint: Failte Ireland
I always wanted to work in hospitality. My first job was unpaid work experience as a Commis Chef in a hotel at the age of 16. I absolutely loved the buzz & excitement of the kitchen and haven't looked back since.

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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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Automation Engineer
Building / Construction Project Manager
Business Analyst
Butcher / De-boner - Wholesale
Call Centre Operator
Care Worker
Carpenter / Joiner
Chemical Engineer
Chemical Plant Process Technician
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
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
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
Site Engineer
Software Engineer
Sous Chef
Steelfixer / Erector
Supply Chain Analyst
Teacher - Secondary Level
Test Engineer - ICT
Test Lead - Software
Web Designer / Developer