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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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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CAO Code Course Title College Points NFQ Level
AC120  International Business 

American College 

281 
AL850  Business 

Athlone IT - AIT 

296 
AL851  Business and Law 

Athlone IT - AIT 

300 
CK101  Arts - Archaeology 

University College Cork - UCC 

340 
CK104  Arts with Music (BMus or International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

367 
CK105  Film and Screen Media (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

422 
CK107  Geographical and Archaeological Sciences 

University College Cork - UCC 

337 
CK108  Arts International 

University College Cork - UCC 

466 
CK109  English (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

420 
CK110  World Languages 

University College Cork - UCC 

476 
CK112  Drama and Theatre Studies 

University College Cork - UCC 

408 
CK113  Criminology (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

412 
CK117  Economics (through Transformational Learning) 

University College Cork - UCC 

419 
CK118  Digital Humanities and Information Technology 

University College Cork - UCC 

379 
CK201  Commerce 

University College Cork - UCC 

455 
CK203  Business Information Systems 

University College Cork - UCC 

445 
CK210  Government 

University College Cork - UCC 

360 
CK211  Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies 

University College Cork - UCC 

424 
CK301  Law (Pathways) 

University College Cork - UCC 

475 
CK302  Law and French 

University College Cork - UCC 

510 
CK304  Law and Irish 

University College Cork - UCC 

496 
CK307  Law and Business 

University College Cork - UCC 

543 
CK502  Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship 

University College Cork - UCC 

440 
CK506  International Development and Food Policy 

University College Cork - UCC 

378 
CM010  Education Studies 

Marino Inst of Education 

315 
CM020  Early Childhood Education 

Marino Inst of Education 

330 
DN520  Arts - Archaeology 

University College Dublin - UCD 

322 
DN530  Celtic Studies, Art History & History 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN541  Modern Languages 

University College Dublin - UCD 

464 
DN700 CSS   Computational Social Science  

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 EMS  Economics, Mathematics & Statistics 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 LSS  Landscapes & Society 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 PPE  Philosophy, Politics and Economics 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 TSC  Social Sciences 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700  Archaeology - Social Sciences 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DT104  Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

279 
DT303  Marketing 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

350 
DT315  Business Studies 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

340 
DT321  Business and Law 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

456 
DT324  Business Management 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

340 
DT341  Marketing 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

414 
DT343  Retail and Services Management 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

300 
DT358  Logistics & Supply Chain Management 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

300 
DT360  Retail Management and Marketing 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

300 
DT365  Business and Management 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

444 
DT366  Accounting and Finance 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

444 
DT398  Human Resource Management 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

387 
DT399  Economics and Finance 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

450 
GY201  Commerce 

NUI Galway 

403 
GY206  Business Information Systems 

NUI Galway 

430 
GY209  Commerce (Global Experience) 

NUI Galway 

485 
GY250  Corporate Law 

NUI Galway 

392 
GY261  Business Studies In International Hotel Management (Shannon) 

NUI Galway 

507 
MH101  Arts - Anthropology 

Maynooth University 

327 
MH102  Music Technology 

Maynooth University 

321 
MH107  Social Science 

Maynooth University 

366 
MH108  European Studies 

Maynooth University 

336 
MH109 MED  Media Studies 

Maynooth University 

327 
MH109 MTH  Media Technology 

Maynooth University 

331 
MH403  Accounting and Finance 

Maynooth University 

400 
MH404 BMA  Business and Management 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH404 MKT  Marketing 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH404 INB  International Business 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH405  Equine Business 

Maynooth University 

357 
MH407  Business and Accounting 

Maynooth University 

400 
MH411  Entrepreneurship 

Maynooth University 

356 
MH501  Law 

Maynooth University 

440 
MH502 LWA  Law and Accounting 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWB  Law and Business 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWC  Law and Criminology 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWD  Law and Arts 

Maynooth University 

413 
MU001  Theology and Arts 

Pontifical University, St Patricks College 

301 
MU002  Theology 

Pontifical University, St Patricks College 

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