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 Ejiro O'Hare Stratton from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

Health Service Executive

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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

I would advise having a degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Professional training in nursing is necessary in order to understand patient care and what standards are required to provide quality care in an acute hospital setting.

One would also have to understand the value of planning, implementing and evaluating work practices in order to get the best out of employees. The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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What is a Career?
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What is a Career?

A career is often considered to be the work you do during your life. For example a teacher, nurse or pilot. But what if someone is a teacher for 10 years, then becomes a pilot for a couple of years and then starts their own business running a pilot training college? They are said to have changed their career three times. But although they have had three very different jobs, they are still said to have a single career.

So your career can refer to any number of jobs and things you do to earn a living. In fact your career is best regarded as a journey, starting with your first job and continuing until you retire.

So a more accurate description of a career might be all those things you do that lead to any type of work or employment during your life.

And guess what this means - you've already started on your career journey! Many of the skills and learning you do at school will be used in your work someday. And you may already have preferences for certain types of subjects and skills (for example, science, business or art) which will incline you towards certain types of work in the future.







Hint: ESB
Working in this role in the ESB is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of Treasury, and also Finance. Working in a company such as ESB, means you get a good view and understanding of the 'big picture' of your job and how it fits into the company, as opposed to sometimes working for bigger organisations, where the work can be so specialised.

There is good exposure to FX and Money Markets, and dealing with banks, with opportunities to constantly learn more in this area. ESB is a great company to work for, there is a big focus on communication, so you feel you understand what is going on and feel part of it.

There is also a very good work life balance at ESB, and there are many opportunities to progress through the company and into different areas. It has been a very good time to join the ESB, as recently the ESB Board approved the Strategic Framework to 2020, that will see major company investment in renewable energy.

This will require funding of €22 billion by 2020. Group Treasury will be actively involved in raising the funding for this, which means lots of exciting times ahead!

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