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 Frank Morrison from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Frank Morrison

Recruitment Manager

Health Service Executive

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Frank Morrison
Be prepared for hard work.
Be a team player.
Have a good sense of humour.
Learn from your mistakes.
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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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Researching Occupations

Students, as well as parents, may not realise the actual work of many occupations outside those they have experienced, or have seen on TV and films. If your child has a particular occupation in mind, then it is well worthwhile exploring the 'typical' characteristics associated with it.

In school, many students undertake a 'Career Investigation' of an occupation they think may be of interest. These are structured investigations designed to ensure the student is familiar with the more typical aspects of an occupation, as well as research into what courses or training may be required to be qualified to work.

Ask if your son or daughter has completed an investigation, and take the opportunity to discuss it with them if they have. If not, encourage them to do the research, even informally. The information required can be completed in a worksheet (or simply use it as a guide), and can be found through our occupational database.

Occupational information for Ireland is mostly compiled by FAS, and is available free through the Career Directions website. Our database links to the Career Directions profiles along with information from other UK and American sources. As many occupations are similar across the globe, these international links often provide additional useful information.

For each occupation we provide:

  • Simple job description
  • Video / Interviews (where available)
  • Typical Tasks (where available)
  • Job Zone (a guide to education and or experience required)
  • Qualifications Required
  • Typical Entry Routes
  • Related Sectors
  • Salary Information (where available)
  • Labour Market Information (where available)
  • Job Search (search for the occupation in recruitment sites)
  • CAO / PLC courses that may be of interest 
  • Links to Career Directions database (where available)
  • Links to international databases and videos (where available)

To find occupations to explore on this site you can select:

Action Point: If you want to research a particular occupation, use the A-Z search, otherwise explore by career sector or career interests. When you find an occupation you want to research, read through the material on the page, and follow any links that appear relevant. In particular, read any interviews or watch any videos available.