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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Career Guidance at school

All students in Ireland are entitled to career guidance at school. This is normally delivered by a Guidance Counsellor and other teachers with expertise in the area. They are there to help you understand about careers and help you with any decisions you have to take that effect your career prospects.

Some of the decisions you have to make while at school include:

  • What subjects you choose, and whether they are at Higher (Honours) level or Ordinary (Pass) level.
  • What combinations of subjects are best for certain courses or jobs
  • How to prepare a CV and apply for jobs
  • How to choose and apply for college courses during your last year in school
  • How to apply for courses in England or Europe

Guidance Counsellors are often very busy, and may not always have enough time to give each student the attention they would like. It is really important that you make an appointment with your Guidance Counsellor if you need information the may effect your career. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience that may be very helpful in guiding your choices..

Making an Appointment

When making an appointment with a Guidance Counsellor about career matters it is often useful to have done some research beforehand. Guidance Counsellors know a lot about what opportunities are available, but need to get to know you well to be able to help you with your decisions. The more you tell them about yourself and your circumstances the greater the chance they will be able to help you.







Hint: Intel

I spend much of my time building and controlling some seriously powerful computers, way beyond what PCs are capable of. I get to work with hardware sometimes worth upwards of a million euro. I get to work as part of a team that are producing stuff worth literally billions of euro.

I get to hang out with some of the world's most techy geeks; eg. having lunch with an astrophysicist, a plasma physicist and an ex-systems administrator for the world's most powerful supercomputer (not all at the same time though :-). I sometimes go on expensive business trips to the US or middle-East; and naturally get to spend some holiday time there too.


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