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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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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The following list of courses are mostly full-time undergraduate courses comparable to those in the CAO system.
Many are from private colleges and college fees apply.
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 Click for more information   D-180 Accountancy - ACCA Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-338 Accounting and Finance Independent Colleges
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 Click for more information   D-201 Acting The Lir Academy
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 Click for more information   D-300 Acting and Theatre The Lir Academy
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 Click for more information   D-801 Agricultural Mechanisation
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 Click for more information   D-611 Applied Health Science (Physical Therapy Qualification) The Institute of Physical Therapy
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 Click for more information   D-717 Arts - Liberal Arts
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 Click for more information   D-601 Audio & Music Technology Pulse College
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 Click for more information   D-157 BA In Applied Policing Garda College
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 Click for more information   D-351 Bachelor of Arts (Single Module) DCU
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 Click for more information   D-610 Bachelor of Science in Computing (Cavan Institute) Cavan Institute
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 Click for more information   D-117 Business Cavan Institute
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 Click for more information   D-706 Business
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 Click for more information   D-602 Business - International American College
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 Click for more information   D-329 Business - Not Direct Entry College of Computer Training
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 Click for more information   D-608 Business Studies Independent Colleges
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 Click for more information   D-701 Business Studies Independent Colleges
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 Click for more information   D-709 Business Studies - Blended
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 Click for more information   D-217 Christian Communication St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-609 Community Studies (Special Purpose Award) Respond! College
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 Click for more information   D-802 Computer Systems & Networking
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 Click for more information   D-720 Computer Systems & Networking
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 Click for more information   D-710 Computing & Multimedia
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 Click for more information   D-711 Computing & Multimedia
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 Click for more information   D-716 Computing in Information Technology
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 Click for more information   D-179 Computing in Information Technology Support Letterkenny IT
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 Click for more information   D-326 Cookery - Professional Cookery - National Traineeship IT Tralee
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 Click for more information   GA382 Culinary and Gastronomic Sciences
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 Click for more information   D-713 Culinary Arts
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 Click for more information   D-203 Dental Hygiene University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
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 Click for more information   D-200 Divinity St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-319 Early Childhood Studies Portobello Institute
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 Click for more information   D-283 English & History - Online Flexible Learning DCU
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 Click for more information   D-704 Exercise & Health University of Limerick - UL
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 Click for more information   D-259 Foundation Course for Higher Education - Young Adults TCD
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 Click for more information   D-705 Game Development
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 Click for more information   D-126 Good Manufacturing Practice & Technology Cork Institute of Technology - CIT
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 Click for more information   D-712 Graphic Design
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 Click for more information   D-700 HE Access Foundation Programme Dublin IT - DIT
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 Click for more information   D-325 HE Access to Higher Education - School-leavers NUI Galway
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 Click for more information   D-241 HE Access to University University of Limerick
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 Click for more information   D-291 Human Resource Management Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-129 Humanities DCU
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 Click for more information   D-350 Humanities (Psychology Major) DCU
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 Click for more information   D-130 Information Technology - Online Flexible Learning DCU
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 Click for more information   D-154 Information Technology Support - Castlebar GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
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 Click for more information   D-145 Interior Design Dublin Institute of Design
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 Click for more information   D-604 Interior Design - Not Direct Entry Griffith College Dublin
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 Click for more information   D-317 International Foundation Certificate DCU
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 Click for more information   D-606 Irish Law Independent Colleges
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 Click for more information   D-284 Management of IT & IS - Online Flexible Learning DCU
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 Click for more information   D-607 Marketing Independent Colleges
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 Click for more information   D-295 Marketing Management Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-715 Montessori Education
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 Click for more information   D-196 Music - Access Course Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-197 Music - Teaching & Performance Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-279 Music Composition Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-280 Music Performance Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-719 Music Production Griffith College. Dublin
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 Click for more information   D-703 Pastry & Baking Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT
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 Click for more information   D-702 Philosophy Pontifical University, St Patricks College
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 Click for more information   D-272 Philosophy and Arts St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   DT8155 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics (Part-Time) Dublin IT - DIT
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 Click for more information   D-210 Religious Studies St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-209 Restaurant Management Athlone IT
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 Click for more information   D-136 Retail Management Dublin Business School
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 Click for more information   D-708 Science - Applied Biosciences & Biotechnology
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 Click for more information   D-119 Social Studies - Applied in Social Care Cavan Institute
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 Click for more information   D-605 Sports Science & Physical Education Portobello Institute
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 Click for more information   D-321 Sports Therapy Portobello Institute
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 Click for more information   D-276 Stage Management & Technical Theatre The Lir Academy
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 Click for more information   D-299 Strength & Conditioning Setanta College
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 Click for more information   D-278 Theology St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-714 Tourism & Travel Management
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 Click for more information   D-296 Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   DT589 Visual Art - Sherkin Island discontinued DIT