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 Margaret Donaghue from Public Appointments Service to give some advice for people considering this job:
Learn as much as you can in any situation that presents itself. Never be afraid to try something even if it scares you to do so. And give it all you have.
Be a good listener and a good communicator and be fair.
What are your interests?
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.
Often reported as one of the highlights of TY, doing 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.
Opting to study for a B.A following my Leaving Cert. This provided me with an entry route to studying for the H. Dip in Education.