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 Elaine Steiro from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine Steiro

Franchisee

McDonald's

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  Elaine Steiro

If you are considering starting in the food/ catering or hospitality sectors, you should consider whether you like working shift work and you should like working in a pressured environment .

It is a very fulfilling and rewarding sector to work in though and every day is different with new skills being added to your skillset all of the time . If you are considering moving into the management side of things, then you should be able to co ordinate tasks and people to achieve results and you should like an ever changing work environment.

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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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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.