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 Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Karl Curran

Associate Director


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  Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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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 main drivers in my life have been my interest in machinery and rebuilding the same along with optimising and improving.

At the age of 14, I was helping my father who was a motor mechanic, we fixed cars and personally I got into rebuilding motor bikes. Later at 15 years of age, I progressed on to rally cars. The rallying was a particular favourite past time of mine and it allowed me to travel with a rally team to all parts of the UK and Europe.

At school I especially enjoyed the science subjects and never liked or did well at arty type subjects, they were, however, a must to get into college, so I kind of had to do them.

I have always been involved in sports ranging from rugby, climbing, walking, fishing and skiing to name a few. Most of these sports have involved team participation, which is now an essential part of my days work.

At college I studied Metallurgy (the study of metals) and decided that it was now really time to put more effort into the job in hand rather than all sport as I had tended to do at school.

I graduated from Brunel University in 1988 with a first class degree that allowed me to then return to my sponsoring company Stanton PLC, in Nottingham as part of the central melting plant team.

Following this first expedition in to engineering management I moved to a supplier company that allowed me to have more travel in Europe.

Following this I then became a Plant Manager at a stainless steel melting shop in Derbyshire that were specialists in Rapid Cooling Technologies with products being developed for use on aircraft.

Hint: Sustainable Energy Authority

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