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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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LCVP & LCA

Both the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied Programme have modules focused on preparing for work.

Most of your school work is designed to provide you with a good general education -  teaching us about our history, our planet, how business operates, how science and technology affects our world and so on.  Without this education, it would be hard to earn a living in the modern world.

However, our general education doesn't cover some of the essential skills required to find jobs, or prepare for the world of employment. Employers are constantly shocked at how bad some students are at applying for jobs and even at interviews. These students simply don't seem to understand the basics of job applications and what employers want.

The LCVP module 'Preparation for the World of Work' and LCA module 'Vocational Preparation & Guidance' address this issue directly, and cover the essential requirements for students in the modern world.

Follow the links on this page to explore the various topics covered in these modules.

One of the key learning points of LCVP and LCA programmes is to help you look at your own personal qualities and characteristics and see how they relate to a career. We asked all of our career interviewees the question "What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Here is what they said...





Positive outlook on life,  mindfulness and teamwork leadership skills. 


Hint: An Garda Síochána

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