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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Ita Heffernan

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Health Service Executive

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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Open Day - CAO Options Info Morning (Sat)

Come to GMIT's Last Open Morning of the year!

Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016

Time: from 10am to 12.30pm

Location: Galway-Mayo IT - Galway Campus

CAO Options Information Morning (no booking required - open event to all).

This Open Morning is an opportunity to find out about a range of exciting NEW courses that GMIT has added to CAO including:

  • Sport & Exercise Science (GA790)
  • Design with a choice of specialisms in Animation & Game Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design & Illustration, Fashion & Textiles Design (GA274/GA284)
  • History & Geography (GA887)
  • Sustainable Building Technology (GA888)
  • Applied Social Care (GA889)
  • Degree award option Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Accounting (GA886)

On the day, experience:

  • Live entertainment from iRadio
  • Exciting go-kart action - featuring electric karts built from scratch by 3rd Mechanical and Energy Engineering students in GMIT
  • Our new interactive "Game Zone"
  • Campus tours and activities
  • Learning Experience talks
  • SUSI College Finance Clinics

Plan your visit - Download GMIT Open Morning schedule HERE.

"GMIT Open Day is a great day for both students and teachers. It gives students a taste of what college life is like, as well as an opportunity to get the information they need about particular programmes, to attend practical workshops, career clinics and finance clinics." Barry McDermott, Guidance Counsellor, St Josephs Patrician College, "The Bish", Galway

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