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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Ita Heffernan

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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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This joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Subject choices have increased since 2016 and now include English, International Languages, Irish, Geography, History, Human Development, Law, Media Studies, Music, Politics, Theology and Religious Studies.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study. Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.


This degree gives you the option to choose from a range of humanities subjects. You can choose two subjects and study them both equally from the following:

Up to two permitted from English, Gaeilge, Human Development

Only one permitted from History, Maths, Music

Only one permitted from Geography, Irish Studies*, Theology and Religious Studies

*Irish Studies may not be taken with English or History

Each subject area of the Bachelor of Arts will providce you with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline. This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers while also providing a solid foundation for further study at postgraduate level.

 

 

Students study Media Studies and one other subject from: English, International Languages (French, German, Spanish) or Politics

This joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study.

Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.


 

Students study Law and one other subject from: History, International Languages (French, German, Spanish) or Media Studies

This joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study.

Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.


 

Students study International Languages (French, German, Spanish) and one from: Gaeilge or Politics

This joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study.

Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.


 

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Students study Gaeilge and one other subject from: Law, Media Studies or Politics

This joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study.

Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.


 

Students study Politics and one other subject from: History, Theology & Religious Studies or Law

This joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study.

Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.


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