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 Deirdre Kelleghan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.

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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CAO - Why Think DkIT?

The CAO Change of Mind deadline is fast approaching and you, like hundreds of other students across the country are probably feeling a bit stressed about your choices. If so, stop, relax and take a deep breath. You still have up until 5.15pm on 1st July to change or amend your choices.


To help you with this big decision, we have listed a few reasons why we think you should #ThinkDkIT when making up YOUR mind about YOUR future.


One of the main characteristics that makes DkIT different from other higher education providers in Ireland is the level of personal care we bring to our teaching and learning. DkIT boasts smaller class sizes which means that you have more one-on-one time with your lecturers. We have a robust support network for our students with a wide variety of services designed to help you make the most of your time at college. One of the most common pieces of feedback we hear from graduates is that they really felt that lecturers and staff at DkIT are truly invested in their teaching, learning and development.


Last year, we carried out an comprehensive survey with our recent graduates to help us better understand what they do after graduation and gatther feedback about what they thought about their time at DkIT. Key survey results include:

89% of DkIT graduates had secured employment or were engaged in further study within 9 months of graduation.
77% of 2015 graduates confirmed that if given the option, they would choose to study the same qualification at DkIT again.
71% of graduates believe that their work placement offered as part of their Degree at DkIT was relevant to their current job or area of further study.

As you can see, we have a fantastic graduate employment rate and our graduates were overwhelmingly happy with their chosen pathways and work placement. #ThinkDkIT today and let us help you find your future!


DkIT guarantees students access to state-of-the-art facilities. Just this year the Institute made a significant investment of €750,000 in IT and lab equipment across its four academic schools including Business & Humanities, Informatics & Creative Arts, Engineering and Health and Science. We recognise that in today’s digital age, our students need access to the latest technology and equipment to ensure that they are taught, learn and develop in a future-thinking environment. This is our promise to you!


In case you didn’t already know, the DkIT Campus is conveniently located on the M1 Corridor means that we are within one hour travel distance of Ireland’s two major cities, Dublin and Belfast. More than 30 buses daily serving Dublin city centre pass the bus stop located directly outside the main entrance to the campus. This is perfect for those weekend getaways when you need to get to the airport fast, or you are planning a night out or social activity in either city. Based in the heart of the North East, DkIT also has great connections with neighbouring counties of Armagh, Cavan, Down, Monaghan, Meath and North Dublin. With fantastic transport links in operation each day students have a wide variety of travel options available to them. Find out more here.


DkIT Sport opened in 2015 and is one of the most impressive gyms in the North East. Teams travel from far and wide to train in these extremely modern facilities. Students can benefit from a wide range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, a 20m swimming pool, steam room & Jacuzzi, 8 indoor 5 aside football pitches, an indoor training area and team strength and conditioning area. Students can take advantage of the wide variety of fitness and health classes available. Our sports team also receive exclusive access to the training facilities which are truly second to none.

As well as DkIT Sport, student can avail of the indoor multi-purpose centre used by many of our sports clubs and societies. As well as catering for indoor games such as badminton, futsal and volleyball, the MPC has as a seating capacity for 250 spectators and hosts a variety of competitions and shows throughout the year. Outside, located on campus are our many outdoor playing fields used for all main sports, gaelic football, athletics, hurling, soccer, archery and american football.

This is only a taster of what DkIT has to offer click here for more ...

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