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What are your interests?

Social?

Social

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.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

These are the people who care for you when the worst happens, it is an extremely rewarding but often challenging sector to work in. It places great demands on your energy, emotions and intelligence. But it holds great appeal for people love working with and caring for people, while doing work with real value to society. There are very high education requirements along with long hours, especially in the early years of a career. Doctors and nurses are the most well-known healthcare workers, but it is a very broad sector, opticians, paramedics, occupational therapists, speech therapists, radiographers and pharmacists are just some examples of specialities in medical and healthcare.

Skills

    caring for others, diagnosis, critical thinking, education & training, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, research & development, active listening, investigation, developing relationships, compassion, leadership, initiative,

Key Facts

36,278
nurses employed by the HSE in 2018
21,000
approx number of doctors registered with the Medical Council of Ireland
15,463
millions of euro spent on healthcare by the government in 2017
2,000
dentists in Ireland

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Working in the HSE

There are a broad range of occupations in the Health Sector. When thinking of the Health Sector one might assume that it is mainly Doctors and Nurses, however there are a vast number of careers within the sector.

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Working in the HSE
About this Sector

The Health Services provide thousands of different services in hospitals, health facilities and communities throughout Ireland.

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About this Sector
About the HSE

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE provides thousands of different services in hospitals and communities across the country.

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Posted by: Health Service Executive

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