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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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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Higher Ed & CAO Courses


Video courtesy CAO (2014 edition)

 

If you are considering starting your third level education, then you will have to choose courses from the CAO system (the majority of first year undergraduate courses) or, directly from individual colleges (a smaller number of 'Direct Entry' courses, mostly fee paying).

Direct Entry Course Search

You can search for first year undergraduate direct entry courses from the link provided below however, No 'official' list of Direct Entry courses exists - we produce this following list to assist you, according to information we find through our own research.

The CAO is a service used by colleges to sort out thousands of applications for hundreds of courses in a fair and equal manner. There are strict procedures in place to ensure fairness, which you can explore from the links on this page.

CAO courses provide awards a Levels 6, 7 and 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 

There are a number of resources available to help you make choices for the CAO. To explore additional options outside the CAO system you will have to make your applications directly to the relevant college.

There are a number of additional resources available to help you make choices for the CAO: