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 Alan O'Neill from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

Alan O'Neill

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Alan O'Neill
Some may think that you can go untrained into fishing. The best advice I would give people considering fishing as a profession is to get training. Fishing is an all encompassing career - when you need to go fishing, the rest of your life goes on hold unfortunately. It is very unpredictabe because you could be fishing non stop for three weeks and tied up for two.
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Department of Education and Skills 

Department of Education and Skills


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Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan

Brian Cadigan
Primary School Teacher
Deirdre Sayers

Deirdre Sayers
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce

Mary Joyce
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard

Brian Howard
School Principal
Paul Meany

Paul Meany
Lecturer
Aoife Mc Dermott

Aoife Mc Dermott
Resource Teacher
Paul Galvan

Paul Galvan
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle

Padraig Parle
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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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"I feel I am good at dealing with people and teaching is all about human interaction"
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan
"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
"The workload is massive but the job is rewarding. In a sense it is still a vocation"
School Principal
Paul Meany
"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
"there is great satisfaction from helping young people make important decisions on their journey through school life"
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard
"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

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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.