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What are your interests?



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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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 always had a leaning towards maths/physics, and after the first year of my undergraduate degree at the University of Limerick, I went with 20 Irish people to the "London International Youth Science Forum".

This is an annual 2-week science trip for people from all over the world. We had lectures on all types of science, and also day trips to universities and research centres near London.  I went out to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, part of University College London, and was fascinated by the people I met there.

In the 3rd year of my degree we needed to find a 9-month work placement, and I ended up going back to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. There I worked on Cassini data for the first time and that sparked my interest to go on and pursue my PhD in planetary science.

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