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 Sarah Tenanty from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sarah Tenanty

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  Sarah Tenanty
Work hard, push your boundaries, have belief in your abilities, set personal goals and seek feedback. For those who have not completed a college degree or third level education seek a career path that will give you the opportunity to further your education and learning.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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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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