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 Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.
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Padraig Parle

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Paul Galvan

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Mary Joyce

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Brian Howard

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Deirdre Sayers

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Education is the kindling of a flame ...

... not the filling of a vessel.

Education is the kindling of a flame ...

... not the filling of a vessel.

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The principle functions of the Department are outlined in its Mission Statement.

"The mission of the Department of Education and Skills is to provide high-quality education, which will:

  • Enable individuals to achieve their full potential and to participate fully as members of society and
  • Contribute to Ireland’s social, cultural and economic development.”

In pursuit of this mission, the Department has the following high-level goals:

  • To promote equity and inclusion.
  • To promote quality outcomes.
  • To promote lifelong learning.
  • To plan for education that is relevant to personal, social, cultural and economic needs.
  • To enhance the capacity of the Department of Education and Skills for service delivery, policy formulation, research and evaluation.

In support of these high-level goals, the Department is engaged in a wide range of activities covering the key elements of policy planning, quality assurance, resourcing, regulation and evaluation, as well as providing a broad range of support services for the education sector.


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"Last year our school did very well in our Whole School Evaluation. Whenever I receive positive feedback from an inspector, I feel a combination of relief and pride"
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle
"I feel I am good at dealing with people and teaching is all about human interaction"
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan
"there is great satisfaction from helping young people make important decisions on their journey through school life"
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard
"The workload is massive but the job is rewarding. In a sense it is still a vocation"
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Paul Meany
"While I work hard, I do so in my own office, organise my own time, and am free to do so once I do my job well."
Lecturer
Aoife Mc Dermott
"A lot of organisation goes with delivering a PE lesson as you must take into consideration equipment, location and safety issues"
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce