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 Kevin Keary from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Kevin Keary

Parliamentary Assistant

EU Careers

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  Kevin Keary
Be proactive and look for the areas that interest you whether it’s the Environment or Human Rights and find MEP’s or interest groups that specialise in those interests and take the initiative to send them your CV.

Having a European language would help you considerably in this career. Irish should also not be ruled out as an option as this is considered as a second language.
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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.
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Getting Involved

To register your school in the Tourism Awareness Programme, download the application form, and send the completed form to Fáilte Ireland before Easter in the year prior to running the programme.

You must fill in the details on the form, sign it yourself, and get your principal to sign it too. Then post or fax the form to Fáilte Ireland.

To download a Programme Registration Form click here

Assessment of TAP

It was proposed that the Tourism Awareness Transition Year Programme should be assessed by a portfolio of course work. This document suggests what this portfolio could include, and what weight might be given to each element.

View sample assessments

Work Experience

Work experience in a tourism operation is an optional part of the programme, allowing students the opportunity to observe tourism professionals in the workplace. Inputs from industry practitioners are a recommended feature of the programme.

As a guideline for those school students  working part-time or on their holidays in the Irish tourism industry. The Code of Practice below explains the standards that employees should live up to, and the treatment that they are entitled to expect from their employers.

Click here to see the Code of Practice

 Competitions

Students on the Tourism Awareness Programme are eligible to enter two International awards. Prizes include money and a trip to an international conference.

Click here for details of Student competitions