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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Places still available - Apply Now

We will be holding interviews on 28th August. 

Our Open Day will be held on 31st August from 2:00pm to 7:00pm

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Explore some our courses with places stillavailable below:

Office Training and Technology Level 5 will run until lunchtime daily to facilate parents or those with other commitments.  

Sports, Recreation & Exercise Level 5

This course provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding of diverse elements within the Sports and Leisure Industry. Students will be equipped with a variety of practical skills and knowledge required for the industry. This affords students the dual opportunity to either seek employment and/or progress their studies, at Third Level institutions, in the area of Sport and Leisure.

Early Childhood Care & Education Level 5 & 6

If you wish to work with children, this is the minimum requirement necessary to work in creches, pre-schools or after-schools. It is a stand-alone- qualification for employment in any early years setting. Students will be required to complete four weeks work experience in two week blocks.  

SNA/ Disability in ECCE Level 5 will also run until lunchtime daily to facilate parents or those with other commitments.

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