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 Mary Joyce from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Going to College +

Many of you reading this will be in your final year of post-primary school, looking ahead to June next year when you will finish second level, and for the first time, will not be returning to school in September. The big question is - what next?

The various options are presented in the menu items on this page. It is worth taking some time to explore and consider the pros and cons of each, paying attention to how you feel about them as a possible career pathway for you.

Further and Higher Education

Higher Education is the pathway most commonly taken by students after the Leaving Certificate. The vast majority of students apply to what are known as 'undergraduate (first time entry) courses' through the CAO system. This means doing some course research, making your course choices, applying to the CAO and getting to college using your Leaving Cert points. Higher Education Courses last from two to five years, sometimes even more.

Some undergraduate courses can be applied to from outside the CAO system and are known as Direct Entry courses. Applications to these courses are made directly to the college, and don't use points to decide who gets a place.

The second most popular pathway is the Further Education route. These are either one or two years in duration, and are not part of the CAO system. Applications are to the college directly.

Increasingly popular is the option of studying abroad. The UK is the most popular destination for Irish students, but many now study in Europe and further afield.

Awards

Your Leaving Certificate is awarded by the State Examinations Commission - an internationally recognised body that ensures that your results are awarded fairly and to a particular standard. When you go to college, you will most likely want to ensure that your course is equally recognised internationally, so it is important you know the types of awards available, and who is legitimately allowed to accredit them.

Other Access Routes to College

A significant number of students recieve special encouragement to continue to Higher Education even though they have particular difficulties. The government operates two schemes to support such students, HEAR (access route for students whose families’ economic circumstances (such as low income) make it difficult for the student to go to college) and DARE (access route for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty). These special routes to Higher Education make it easier for such students to access college.

If going to college is the choice you make, there are different types of funding opportunities available to help you along the way.  All students are eligible to apply for some grants or funds, while others are specific to certain students, e.g. students with disabilities or with particular talents.


What are your Career Interests?

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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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