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 Dave McDonald from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Dave McDonald


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A caring attitude is essential for Health and Safety – you need to be passionate about getting the message across to people and telling them why it is so important. After all, no-one wants to see anyone suffer harm or be in pain.

For astronomy, a yearning for answering the unanswered questions is a must. You also need to be dedicated and focused and not put off by the weather


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

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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Leaving Cert Results - What Happens Next?
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Successful Appeals

One of the main concerns for parents in relation to the appeals process is the uncertainty it generates about the coming months. A student may be four weeks into his Computer Science course in Tralee when s/he is offered his first choice course in UCC on appeal.

After the roller coaster of the Leaving Cert, the CAO offers, the Appeals process, accommodation, registration and settling in, it can be hard to step back and support the young person as they work towards the best decision for them.

No two situations are alike but here are some of the more common dilemmas and issues that can arise at this time.


Keep a folder of important documentation, including correspondence and dates relating to LC results, SEC Appeals and CAO Offers


If the results of Leaving Cert Appeals are only issued in October, and the college academic year is already 5 or 6 weeks underway, what is college policy on awarding places at this stage to students that have successfully appealed their results to the required upgrade?


What happens if our son/daughter is awarded an upgrade on their results but a place is not available on the course for which they are now eligible?


How does the deferral procedure work for upgraded students?


Will we be required to pay the full tuition fee, if our child completes a year in third level college before taking up his deferred place?