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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 most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while 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!

The first one was definitely my subject choices for the Leaving Cert, mainly Business Studies and German. I always had an interest in business, but I was quite indecisive as to what path I wanted to take after school. With Business, I knew there were many different routes that I could go down. Choosing German as my language was an easy decision for me. My teacher at the time was very passionate about the language and had a good relationship with the secondary school in our twinning town in Germany. Knowing that I got the chance to do an exchange with that school was enough of a decider for me! It was only after visiting the country that I knew I wanted to further study the language and find a career path with an opportunity to use it.

I then went on to study International Commerce & German in NUIG. During my time in college, I lived and studied in Gottingen for one year. I learned so much about the German culture and only grew to love the language more. Returning to final year in Galway, it was clear to see that there was a huge demand for languages in various sectors of work, with so many international companies setting up in Ireland.

At Grad fairs, companies were crying out for languages, no matter what degree you had. This really boosted my confidence in applying for jobs. In between finishing final year and my current role, I did a 6-month internship in Coca-Cola. This stood to me when applying for my role in SAP, as it gave me the chance to learn all the little things that I would never have thought of. When my time was coming to an end in Coca-Cola, I uploaded my CV to a career site called Monster.ie and within a few days, I got a call from a recruiter at SAP, where I'm currently working.

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