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 James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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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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Work Experience

Often reported as one of the highlights of TY, doing a work experience gives you the opportunity to see what the world of work is really like.

You will probably be required to do at least 10 days work experience - maybe in two or more different companies. Many schools do more - offering a greater chance to experience what work is like, and helping you to decide what it is you'd like to do in your own future career.

Everything about work experience is about developing skills in a different way to normal classroom work. You will be expected to find your own placement, create a CV, and maybe even do a career interview.

As you are not expected to have had any previous employment experience, there is no pressure to perform any real work when you do your work experience. For your employer, it's all down to your personality, your willingness to learn, your level of interest and your behaviour and attitude on the job. For you, its about learning what its like to work in the area, and whether you think that sort of work would interest you.

There are lots of resources on this site to help you prepare and get the most out of your work experience. Why not watch the video below to get an idea of what may be involved.

Work Experience - TY Students tell of their experience.

Preparing for an Interview - Tips for Interview preparation.





I left a job as a Care Assistant for people with Intellectual Disabilities. It was a big move to go from a comfortable job with a reasonable salary to live essentially as a Student for 8 months.

Being a Garda Reserve in a busy city centre station definitely shaped my decision to become a Garda.


Hint: An Garda Síochána

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