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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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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 biggest thing that shaped my career was going travelling to Camp America. I was at a camp in Minesota working as the Water Front director in charge of all the activities and safety there as for years I had been a swimming and water polo coach.

In my second summer there I bought a car and travelled for 2 months around America visiting all the friends I made at camp and whilst in Colorado my friend took me rock climbing and walking. I had been walking before in the UK but nothing like the mountains in Boulder and climbing was a new experience and challenge away from team sports that I found I really enjoyed.

When I got back home and was deciding what to do next a friend told me you could do courses in Outdoor Education so I had a look into it and found a course in Liverpool John Moores University which was a BSc Hons in Outdoor & Environmental Education. The course looked really interesting and I was lucky enough to be offered a place.

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