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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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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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Jobs and Work

In this area we look at getting experience along the way through college. We then take you through the process of preparing a job search.

The next step is actually finding the jobs that are available to third level graduates. You will find a comprehensive list of links to the Graduate Recruitment area of top sites specifically recruiting graduates in this area.

Finally, researching employers gives you some advice on getting to know a potential company or employer, which will prove when it comes to interview that you are enthusiastic about the job opportunity advertised and will also help you to pitch your application and perform better at the job interview.



Job Vacancies by College...

Third level job opportunities are advertised collectively through gradireland.com and through individual colleges' career services. The following links are to the vacancies sections of college websites, where available.
Athlone IT - AIT
Carlow College
Cork Institute of Technology - CIT
Dorset College
Dublin Business School - DBS
Dublin City University - DCU
Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT
Dundalk IT - DKIT
Institute of Art, Design + Technology
Institute of Technology Carlow
IT Blanchardstown - ITB
IT Sligo
IT Tallaght
IT Tralee
Letterkenny IT - LYIT
Maynooth University
National College of Ireland - NCI
NUI Galway
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Trinity College Dublin - TCD
University College Cork - UCC
University College Dublin - UCD
University of Limerick - UL
Waterford IT - WIT
 
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