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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Tourism Awareness (TAP)
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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.