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 Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Mc Donald

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Defence Forces

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  Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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The World of Work

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The World of Work

The world of work is changing. Employers are facing the challenges of the global marketplace, where competition is continuously increasing, and keeping a business economically viable requires constant manoeuvring of resources.

Tomorrows' workers need to be able to manoeuvre with equal, if not more agility, than our predecessors. We need to apply our current learning only as long as is necessary, and then move on to meet new challenges. Lifelong learning is the new mantra - the new mindset required for our nation to survive economically into the next decade.

In this section we provide information on the world of work from the Irish context. We look at the most prominent industry sectors in terms of their general characteristics, the occupations that characterise them and the current employment outlook.

We also look in detail at some of Ireland's leading Organisations, the employers who operate within the various industry sectors. We look at what type of business they are involved in, what employment opportunities they offer, and how they go about recruiting people.

All organisations require the expertise and work provided by people in certain job roles, or occupations, in order to function. Many of us spend years of training to become competent in one of these occupations, as would a carpenter or accountant, for example. We have collected information on hundreds of occupations commonly found in Ireland and abroad and provide information on each in terms of their typical characteristics and the qualifications required to enter them.

Information on the broader picture of employment in Ireland is known as labour market information. In this area, we provide information on general trends of employment, including statistics on many occupations. We also provide links to information providing current research and commentaries.

Behind every occupation there are people - individuals who have made personal choices about their education, their lifestyle, their choice of jobs, and the career paths they see themselves fulfilling. We have interviewed people from all walks of life and from the length and breadth of the country to bring you their stories - about the choices they made, how and where they got their current job, the tasks they face each day, and what their plans are for developing their career.


 

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