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What are your interests?



The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with 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!

When I was in school I didn’t really have a definite career plan. By the time it came to my Leaving Cert, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After researching a huge variety of careers options I found that Engineering was a good fit for what I might enjoy pursuing. I took a closer look at the various courses available through the CAO, and Electronic Engineering offered a good mix of theory, lab work, and project work. They also had a 6 month work placement in third year, which I felt would be a huge advantage to me with any potential employer.

 I was lucky one sense, that the year I graduated was a great time for Electronic Engineering students. There was a huge shortage of electronic engineers, and we had companies that were coming into the college to persuade us to join their company. I had four job offers before taking my final exams, ranging from Process Engineering, Software engineering, Hardware Design Engineering and Test Engineering. In the end I chose Hardware and haven’t looked back since. I took up employment with a multi-national corporation that designed and manufactured power supplies.

After a number of years I had progressed to a team leader position and the opportunity was there for me to enter management if desired. However, I wanted to stick with an engineering role, and eventually was promoted to the position of senior design engineer. This was a fantastic experience, because at that time we were developing new technologies, and incorporating software onto our power supplies. This meant I had to learn a completely new skill set, which expanded my engineering abilities greatly.

After eight years of working for this multi-national I moved to my current position in Excelsys Technologies. I’m still in the power supply industry, but now I am working in a much smaller company, and it’s also 100% Irish owned. This has been a great move for me, and I have a much larger influence on the direction the company takes as we grow the business.

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