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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Sinead Kenny

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Smart Futures

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Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Tourism Awareness (TAP)

The Failte Ireland Tourism Awareness Programme is specfically designed  for Transition Year Students as an introduction to Tourism. The TAP (Tourism Awareness Programme) aims to make a substantial contribution to Tourism Education  by providing a foundation for 3rd level Tourism related programmes.

CONTEXT

Tourism is one of the worlds fastest growing industries.  As Tourism has a major influence on both our economy and development, young people benefit from having an overall  awareness of the nature and complexity of the Tourism Industry.  Most people, whether they plan to persure a career in tourism or not will be tourists themselves, and will so shape and influence  the global environment  while engaging in various tourism activities.

The Tourism Awareness Programme aims to make a substantial  contribution to tourism education by providing a foundation for 3rd level tourism related courses.  At the same time if will equip students following other career paths with a broad appreciation  and awareness of this important industry. It is an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and skills relevant for not only the tourism industry but for a variety of situations in life.