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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Sinead Kenny

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Smart Futures

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Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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The following worksheets are available free to download.


Career Skills

Introduces the topic of transferable skills. Includes Self-assessment exercise on 26 key skills.


Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment [pdf - 540Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Skills Definitions [pdf - 140Kb, 1 page]

Worksheet - Job Roles - All 1 - 10 [pdf - 464Kb, 10 pages]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hospital [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Band [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Airline [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hotel [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Supermarket [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hairdresser [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Sports Team [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Restaurant [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Construction Site [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Secondary School [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Blank [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]



Finding CAO Courses

Assists students identifying CAO courses by introducing 22 course subject areas and other criteria used to create a working shortlist of courses for further investigation. Used in conjunction with the CAO Wizard on this site.

Worksheet - CAO CourseFinder [pdf - 680Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - CAO Course Investigation Form [pdf - 133Kb, 1 page]



Career Interests

Introduces the notion of career interest categories in an interactive classroom based setting.

Worksheet - Community Project Exercise [pdf - 97Kb, 1 page]



Industry Sectors (Career categories)

Introduces the notion of career categories in the context of industry sectors. Students do a 'Sector Investigation' and present finding back to the class.

Worksheet - Career Sectors [pdf - 215Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Sector Investigation [pdf - 95Kb, 1 page]



Career Investigation

Worksheets designed to hold information collected during a career investigation, e.g that used by in the LCVP or LCA. Two versions exist:
Version 1 includes more evaluation,
Version 2 includes sections on Knowledge requirements and Career skills.
Version 3 is customised for the LCA
Versions 2 & 3 include a workplacement evaluation

Worksheet - Career Investigation 1 [pdf - 158Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Career Investigation 2 [pdf - 400Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Investigation 3 [pdf - 350Kb, 3 pages]



Work Placements

The Summary Worksheet is designed to summarise experience obtained during a work placement. The Student Worksheet is designed to help prepare for a work placement in advance.

Worksheet - Work Placement Summary [pdf - 88Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Student Worksheet [[pdf - 554Kb, 4 pages]



Learning Skills

A series of downloadable resources designed to facilitate student learning and goal setting during 5th and 6th year. Includes online Study Skills Test.

Go to Learning Skills Programme

Workbook - Learning Skills [pdf - 800Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Results Targets [pdf - 252Kb, 2 pages]

Worksheet 1 - Place of Study [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 2 - Organisation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 3 - Motivation & Goal Setting [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 4 - Reading Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 5 - Note Taking Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 6 - Revising and Exam Preparation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 7 - Exam Performance [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]

Worksheets 1-7 [pdf - 340Kb, 7 pages]




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