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.

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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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Unemployed - What Next?

The information below provides an overview of some frequently asked questions in relation to applying to the Department of Social Protection for social welfare entitlements when you are unemployed.

What do I do when I become unemployed?

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How do I qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit payment?

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Made Redundant - Will the amount of my redundancy payment affect my rate of benefit?

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How much will I get paid on Jobseeker's?

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What happens if I don’t have enough PRSI contributions paid to qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit?

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How often will I have to sign on for my unemployment payment?

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Will I be entitled to any other supports now that I am unemployed?

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Is the procedure the same if I am only reducing my hours worked?

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Who pays for Bank Holidays when I am working reduced hours?

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I am self-employed but my income and work has drastically reduced in the past six months. Can I claim Jobseeker’s Allowance?

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I saw the notice in the paper in early '07 and applied online via publicjobs.ie. I was called for psychometric testing which I managed to pass, and this was followed by the interview itself. This was both a regular panel-type and also a group interview.

After passing this I was sent for a medical and I began training shortly afterwards. This consisted of 9 weeks in the Training Centre in Portlaoise after which I was assigned to Cloverhill Prison.

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