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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott

Lecturer

Department of Education and Skills

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Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.
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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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Jobseekers fall into many categories:

  • You may be entering the world of work for the first time.
  • You may have many years of work experience already.
  • You may be one of thousands of people that have been made redundant or lost their job in the economic downturn, or
  • You may want to change career direction, or be simply be looking for job with better opportunities. 

These all are reasons that prompt people to look at the labour market for job opportunities. Finding the right job can be a challenging, exciting or even a daunting process, whatever your reason, a range of resources are available to you through CareersPortal.ie, that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.

Note: Use the links on this page to find the resources you need.

Self-Assessment Exercises: CareersPortal Career File

The Interest Profiler is a really useful free assessment exercise. Completing the exercise will highlight what jobs and educational courses would be most suited to you. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and will generate an eight page career interest report that is unique for you.

How do I complete the Interest Profiler?

To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by signing up to CareersPortal.ie and creating your on-line career file. This file can then be accessed from any machine anywhere. It will allow you to save up to 20 documents (e.g. CV, Cover Letter etc.) and complete a Personality Assessment in relation to what career areas might suit you.

You can also save Occupations of interest to you, details of related FETCHPLC and CAO courses that you think you would enjoy and also provides you with access to an array of useful information on study and career skills.

 



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