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 Mary Joyce from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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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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Career Stories from Ireland

Everybody's career journey is different. As you begin yours, or approach the next crossroads along your journey, you will be faced with new challenges and new opportunities. Taking those challenges, preparing for the next step, and growing your career is all part of normal career development.

In this section you can read about the career development of over 150 Irish workers who have taken the time to tell their story so far. We asked all of our interviewees:

  • about their career and its development
  • about their current job
  • about their education and training
  • about themselves
  • for their advice relating to their current job

Their stories are provided directly and without editing, and provide a unique insight into both the job roles and the career choices made by people from the length and breath of Ireland. Additionally they provide a unique insight into the organisations they work for. Most interviews are also accompanied with videos shot in their workplace - providing yet another insight into the workplace.

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