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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lydia Peppard

Care Assistant

Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Investigative 
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Options after School

Leaving school is one of the major milestones for all students, and choosing what to do next is not always an easy decision. Most students will continue their education or enter training of some form, and some of the many pathways are shown below.

The majority of students will go on the Higher education (through the CAO) and Further education (PLC or FETCH training courses).

Opportunities for apprenticeships and training roles are now changing and widening to include degree level occupational apprenticeship options. There is also evidence that more students are studying abroad now than in the past.

Most of the available Education and Training options can be seen from the diagram below:


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Click on the icons below for further career and progression information in each area:

Apprenticeships - This is the route by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
STATE BODIES
Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland
BIM - the State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Seafood Industry in Ireland
Coillte - commercial company operating state forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products.
SOLAS - the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána - The Irish police service responsible for law enforcement
The Defence Forces - responsible for the security of the State
Occupational Apprenticeships

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is a three-year nationwide programme and is one of the best ways to begin a career in insurance.

This ‘earn and learn’ scheme allows career starters to begin working in an insurance company straight away, earn a salary and work towards a degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

Learn more here.

Other Useful Links:

Repeat Leaving Certificate 
Part Time Courses [from Qualifax.ie]
Correspondance Courses [from Qualifax.ie]
Private Colleges
PLC Courses


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