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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer

STEPS

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Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....

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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Junior Cycle - 2nd Year

By 2nd year, your child will have picked their Junior Certificate Subjects from any options that may have been available. English, Irish & Maths are currently offered at three levels – higher, ordinary & foundation.

Most other subjects are offered at Higher or Ordinary level.

At this stage students continue to develop a broad awareness of general career options. Some questions that might help with subject choice at Junior Cycle level

  • Does your child enjoy this subject? Find it interesting & engaging?
  • What level of competency is indicated at this subject? Indicators are exam & project results, school reports and teacher feedback, entrance exams, aptitude tests
  • What careers are associated with the subject? All subjects at Junior Cert will include some level of employability skills – including Working with Others, Communication skills, Working with New Technologies & Managing Time
  • Is the subject a specific entry requirement into any general career area or college course? E.g. All third Level Engineering courses have specific Maths entry requirements. Many require Maths at the Higher level. If your child has expressed an interest in a specific career that requires Maths for instance, you can help by being supportive and encouraging, monitoring their progress and keeping dialogue open about the examination level that’s most appropriate for them. Keep informed about all the options available to them. If Higher Level Maths is not right for them at Junior Cycle, there are always other routes into their chosen career. 
  • If your child is wondering about subject levels for Junior Cert, you will find information on college courses with specific subject requirements at http://www.qualifax.ie

There are also plenty of subject and career specific websites: You will find lots more information and links throughout this site (CareersPortal.ie) but here are just a few:

Engineering  
Maths  
Physics  
Nursing

 

Tourism & Hospitality  

There are often a number of alternative paths to a chosen career. More later.

How can I help?

Keep the communication channels open and stay up to date with school events and programmes. If possible attend schools information sessions on options at Senior Cycle, Transition Year Programmes, Subject Options & Choices, talks, seminars and workshops for parents.

Establish and/or maintain contact with the school Guidance Counsellor and the school by attending parent teacher meetings and information sessions and by keeping an eye on all correspondence and communication from the school. Get to know the key websites for quality information. Avoid taking on the burden of too much information.