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 Rose Griffin from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

Rose Griffin

Network Technician

ESB

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Rose Griffin
Well in school you should try do a practical subject and get used to working with your hands. Physics is another subject that would be of benefit. It would help in the theory exams that you complete after each of the off the job training modules.
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Transition Year

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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!





While in school I loved science based subjects and mathematics. As time passed in secondary school, I also developed an interest in teaching and hence to combine both I headed off to university to do a science degree with a view to doing the higher diploma in education afterwards and begin my teaching career.

Having taught Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics for a couple of years, I became quite interested in helping our school Guidance Counsellor in her various roles. Helping students to research the many career options available to them and spending time discussing the fruits of their research was something I found very interesting and quite rewarding.

I decided to go back to university and complete the Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Counselling, which would allow me to move full time into the role of school Guidance Counsellor.

I still find the role very stimulating and rewarding after some twelve years of practice. The work is varied and no two days are the same, different challenges presenting themselves all the time.



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