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 McCaughey from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:

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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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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 sat the Leaving Certificate in 1993.  The science subjects I had selected gave a strong foundation for preparing me for my Nurse training. I was fortunate following my Leaving Certificate to get a summer position in my local hospital and had my first opportunity to experience hospital life.

I undertook a three year Nurse training programme and worked after my training for 3 years as a Staff Nurse on a Gynaecology Ward where I developed a keen interest in Women's Health. From this experience and from completing additional specialist training I decided to work in the area of pregnancy and to train as a Midwife. This involved an additional 2 years training.

Since qualifying as a midwife I have had the opportunity to work abroad and to be exposed to a multitude of other cultures. Being a Midwife has allowed me to have experiences both personally and professionally which I would otherwise not have had; I have met so many interesting people through my job. 

As part of my professional development in midwifery I have completed several educational courses from a Professional, Management and Clinical perspective. I have been successful in being promoted and currently hold the post of Senior Midwife on the Labour ward in Galway University Hospital.



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