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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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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St Angela's College

Level 8 Degree in Nutrition, Food and Business Management

With CAO Change of Mind approaches, don’t forget St. Angela’s College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management for September 2017.

This full-time, Level 8 honours degree programme gives students an opportunity to study nutrition, diet, food science, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

The programme is accredited by NUI Galway and is designed to meet the requirements of the food industry nationally and internationally by providing multi-skilled graduates with the ability to help organisations compete in an increasingly competitive global market place.  With a 20 week Industrial Placement in Year 3 and 100% employment upon graduation, there has never been a better time to work in the Irish Food Sector!

Employment opportunities include:

  • Food Production and Innovation
  • New Product Development in Food Industries
  • Quality Control
  • Sensory Analysis
  • Marketing / Sales
  • Supervision and Management in the Food Industry
  • Establish own Food/Drink enterprise
  • Consultancy and Research

More details here.

 

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