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 Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Defence Forces

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Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Starting your Career Path

Wheras some people seem to know what they would like to do from an early age, most people don't. This is to be expected as knowing what you want to do in life is based on:

  • Knowing what is possible
  • Knowing yourself well enough to know if you would like the work.

Obviously you can't know of all the possible jobs that may exist at this stage in your life. And, as you are still developing your personality and character, you can't know yourself all that well either.

What you can do, however, is start to explore both yourself and the types of jobs that other people do. This website is designed to help you with this process. The more you know about the possible jobs that exist, and the better you know how suited you might be to different types of jobs, the easier it is to feel confident in finding your own direction.







Hint: CRH plc

I regard walking around in steel toe boots, high-vis jacket and hard hat in all kinds of weather as cool.

Although the weather can be terrible sometimes, it is great to get so much fresh air and exercise from walking around.

The job can be as hands-on as an engineer wants it to be. Its great to be able to balance the hands-on with the computer work.

Whats best about the job is the freedom to make decisions as time goes by. More responsibility is given to engineers over the months and years and, while there is always a wealth of knowledge to fall back on and a multitude of people to ask advice from, it is very satisfying to be given the freedom to make alot of decisions freely at a young age.

The day is generally not structured by one's boss but rather the decision is left to the engineer as to how they spend their time, as long as all the work gets done that is required.


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