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 Justine McCosh from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

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I think a degree or background in Finance is important. Work experience in the Finance Industry was useful for me to make the move between a banking role and moving to a Group Treasury role in a company, and most of my colleagues have also worked in Investment Banking prior to this.

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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Transition Year

Transition year is a time to learn more about yourself and develop life skills that will be important for you in the years to come. It is characterised by a combination of traditional classroom work along with activities designed to get you to work (and play) alongside your classmates. It's also a great year to check out what sort of things you are good at, and even check out possible career options.

Career Decisions

During TY and over the next few years you will gain experiences that will shape your career direction. You will have to choose what to study for the Leaving Cert, and at what level. You will then have to choose whether to continue your education after school or not, and what to study if you do. Everybody will make choices based on their circumstances, the opportunities that present themselves, their ambition and their goals. 

We ask all the people we interview on this site what were the main career decisions they took in their career so far. Read their stories below to become familiar with the real issues faced by ordinary people around Ireland, so that you will be prepared for the decisions that you too will have to make some day!

I was never really sure what I wanted to do after school. I had I wide range of fanciful ideas like maybe a helicopter pilot though!

I matriculated (Leaving Cert) in 1994 in South Africa and committing to a university or college course would have been a huge financial commitment as third level education in South Africa requires long term student loans or very wealthy parents!

However, I was already working as a waitress part time with a large restaurant group and was offered a management position when I left school. I really enjoyed the work although it was long hours I did learn a lot about myself but only realized this later in my career.

After the birth of my daughter I couldn't maintain the long hours and did a variety of other jobs such as receptionist, internal computer sales and a corporate computer hardware sales rep.

The last computer company I worked for was a small business from which I was made redundant.

After this I was genuinely looking for a large company that would be able to offer me job security and benefits. This is how I came to work for McDonald's over 10 years ago.

Hint: McDonald's

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