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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Look up the Defence Forces website at www.military.ie and talk to serving personnel. If its possible try to visit a barracks.

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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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Thinking about changing your job or career direction?

Most people these days will change jobs from time to time - perhaps because they are made redundant, or  because the job no longer satisfies them, or they see a new, more interesting opportunity.

There are lots of things to consider. Firstly, are you absolutly sure you want to change? And if so, do you want a job that is a continuation of your existing career direction, or do you want to do something completly different?

Have you considered what type of employment you would look for - fulltime, job sharing, maybe self employment? Our section on Changing Jobs provides a guide to some of the challenges and decisions that are part of the process of change in your career.

To explore these options, go to our section on Changing Job


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I was contacted by a recruitment consultant who described the role and enquired if I was interested. I expressed an interest and an interview was arranged. I was interviewed by HR and my current boss. It was a general interview exploring pharmaceutical experience to date, general interests etc.

I was invited to attend for a second interview, again with HR and my current boss. This was a more specific interview based on the star interview model (situation, task, action taken, result). I was presented with a number of situations (20-30) to describe what was the action I had taken and the outcome. Th recruitment consultant then arranged a medical test and reference check.and I was informed in a number of days that I had been successful and the company would like to make an offer. The company contacted me directly and made an offer. I had some extra requests and these were met. I accepted the role. The entire process took about two months.


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