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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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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Choosing a Career Direction

No matter what decision you are making, the best decisions are made when you are well informed of the options available and secondly, when the decision feels right. This is also true for career decisions.

It’s easy enough to become informed about the options available by doing a little exploring, but it is often more difficult to act on what feels right. This is because most people are not confident about acting on their feelings.

Think about any two people making a choice about their career. Both may be in similar situations and their career research may reveal that both have equal opportunities available to them. Reason would suggest that both should make the same decision. But, they are different people - they feel differently about the world. The decisions they make must take their personal characteristics into consideration if they are to get to a place where the decision feels right.

Knowing how you feel and what you care about matters a lot when it comes to career decisions. This is why the first step in choosing a career direction is having a good understanding of who you are.

Visit our section on Choosing a Career for lots of useful information on Knowing Yourself, Doing the Research and Exploring Your Options.


What are your Career Interests?

Realist
Realist
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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