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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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Department of Education and Skills 

Department of Education and Skills


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Resource Teacher
Paul Galvan

Paul Galvan
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle

Padraig Parle
Primary School Teacher
Deirdre Sayers

Deirdre Sayers
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard

Brian Howard
Lecturer
Aoife Mc Dermott

Aoife Mc Dermott
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan

Brian Cadigan
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce

Mary Joyce
School Principal
Paul Meany

Paul Meany
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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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Meet our People...
"there is great satisfaction from helping young people make important decisions on their journey through school life"
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard
"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
"The workload is massive but the job is rewarding. In a sense it is still a vocation"
School Principal
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
"Last year our school did very well in our Whole School Evaluation. Whenever I receive positive feedback from an inspector, I feel great 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

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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.