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The Bar of Ireland

The Bar of Ireland is the representative body for the barristers' profession in Ireland and is governed by the Constitution of The Bar of Ireland. Its role is:


Barristers provide specialist advocacy and advisory services in a wide variety of areas and in many different types of forum, including the courtroom, and in other dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation. Barristers are trained to be both independent and objective. They are readily accessible and are typically instructed by a solicitor.

Barristers do not provide the normal administrative services which a solicitor would provide. There is a strong relationship of trust and respect between the Bar and the solicitors' profession based on the experience that each has for the high standards of the other.

This traditional relationship allows barristers and solicitors to give their client the very highest standards of advice and representation. It also enables the justice system and the courts to have trust in the standards observed by the members of the legal profession appearing before them.

Transition Year Programme 2016-2017

The Bar of Ireland’s Transition Year Programme is an exciting initiative aimed at increasing awareness of and interest in, a career as a barrister. Participants will be chosen via a lottery and details of our application process can be found on our website over the Summer. The Bar of Ireland Transition Year Programme aims to attract students from all over the country that are interested in learning about life at the Bar and getting an exclusive first hand insight into the work of barristers. Due to high demand and the limit of places to 100 selected by random draw from all applications received, each school is asked to nominate one student only for the draw. 20% of spaces are reserved for DEIS schools.

During the mornings, participating students will be assigned to groups lead by a designated barrister. They will be introduced to the different facets of a barrister’s working life and will get the chance to ask questions and really experience the reality of a career as a barrister. During the afternoons, the students will participate in a range of different activities and students are expected to attend all organised activities. A sample of these may include:

The final day will culminate in a series of Mock Trials in which students and barristers will participate and the Chief Justice will close proceedings and present all participants with a certificate of attendance.

Further information will be on our website shortly regarding next year’s programme. Please keep an eye on our TY pages at: Look into law for further details.



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Employer Insights Getting the job It was advertised in a job section on newspaper. I went for a formal interview and received a letter stating my success in getting the position. Within the HSE, a panel of successful applicants is formed after the interviews and this panel usually remains ‘active’ for a year in that there is a chance you may be offered a position within that timeframe. Mary Ita HeffernanSocial Worker I saw that IForUT were hiring. I sent in my CV and expressed my interest in the position advertised. I had a few informal meetings and phone conversations with the IForUT staff to get a feel for the job and the organisation as we both wanted to be sure that I would be a good fit for the job and the organisation. I was asked if I would be interested in coming in for a formal interview, which I did and I was offered the job shortly after. Stacey BradleyForest Resource Manager

I have been working as a Midwife for 7 years, for 3 of these I was a Midwifery sister. At the time I was working outside of Ireland and was keen to move back home.

I found my current job advertised on the internet site but had also been looking in the National Press and in professional journals. I applied on line which was easy and convenient for me, and was called for interview.  I was interviewed by senior hospital staff on aspects of my professional experience and my education to date.

Following the interview I was advised I had been successful by a letter a week later. I had to complete a medical and go through the Garda vetting procedure prior to taking up my position.

Siobhan CannyMidwife At the moment I am self employed. This is always what I wanted and over the years I have built up a big enough client base to enable me to do this. Luke DreaEvent Rider I applied with CV and got in when a sudden vacancy occurred. Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist I applied for my job in McDonald's by filling out an application form and leaving a C.V. The process was quite easy I was called for an interview a couple of weeks later and got the job. There aren't too many difficult questions in the interview process.  Following this there is a food saftey test and some forms to sign regarding what your job entails. Richard StoreyShift Manager Written interview unavailable... Mary McCaugheyHead of Communications

After studying science, I did a one-year Higher Diploma in Education in UCC. This involved studying the theory of educational practice as well as having practical work experience.

I was very fortunate to remain almost immediately in the school that I did my teacher training in.

Cian O'MahonyScience Teacher It was a career I was always interested in. I submitted a written application form which I was then selected from and called for interview. On completion of this interview I was then selected and called for a second interview, psychometric testing, medicals and a fitness test. The offer arrived the same day as the CAO offers. David FlemingSub Lieutenant - Navy Luckily I made my way up through the ranks within my company since I finished college. I completed my work experience with the company and they asked me to return once I completed the course. Aidan MaherSite Manager - Grad Entry I previously worked in a private forestry company for 1 ½ years. Then I applied under the Coillte Graduate programme and was successful in getting my current job. Colm LyonsForest Technician

When I came out of the Botanic Gardens, I went to work in Holland for the summer and when I came back, I joined a Landscaping firm. This was in the early 1979/80 when the economy was not as buoyant as it is now. We were working on dusty sites, doing landscaping and lawns.

When the weather got bad, you were let go and got a pound an hour "wet time". I remember standing in out of very heavy rain one day in an industrial unit, reading the paper. I saw a job for a Sales Rep to sell horticultural machinery, chainsaws, lawnmowers, golf course equipment etc. I applied for and got the job as an indoors Sales Rep.

It was a great learning curve, I got training in sales, and I was selling equipment related to the industry I was in. That was one of the reasons I got the job as a result of my background in horticulture. That was great training, and I really enjoyed it. I was getting on very well with that job, but when the weather was good (around March/April) I really missed being out in the fresh air.

Within a short period of time it turned out that the company ran into bad financial difficulties, and they let about eight people go and as I was one of the last in, I was also let go. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it gave me the impetus to set up on my own.

I went out and started working for myself then. It was a big decision for me. I was lucky to get onto a Start your Own Business course, run by the Irish Productivity Centre and FAS. The course was excellent, it ran over sixteen weeks - eight weeks of lectures and practicals, and the second eight was about getting it off the ground.

It was great doing that, and I had a job I used to do on a Saturday. I managed to get another contract for a couple of days a week shortly afterwards, and I just built it up from there. That's really how my own Landscaping Business got off the ground.

Paul DowlingHorticulturist When I was looking to become a Paramedic I had to check the appointment section of the national news papers for the position to be advertised. Now the positions are advertised through different methods such as national papers and websites.

When you apply for the position you go through various selection procedures, beginning with responding to the advertisement and completing the application form. After this you have to pass an aptitude test which is followed by a panel interview and medical.

On successful completion of these stages in which you would be awarded scores/ points based on your performance, you would be placed on a panel reflecting the amount of points you’ve obtained. This means the better your performance and competencies the more points you gain, and the more points you gain the higher on the panel you get.

Once selected from the panel you may be offered a place as a student Paramedic and sent to college for training. From there you must demonstrate that you have the ability and competency to become an operational Paramedic by passing the college exams and assignments as well as the State exams to secure a place on the State register*.

*State register; to practice as a Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic in the Republic of Ireland you must successfully complete the exams and secure a place on the statuary register outlined by the Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). Keith HayesAmbulance / Paramedic I responded to an advertisement which appeared in the Irish Independent newspaper. I attended an interview in the school and the school principal rang me the following day to say I was successful in my application. Brian CadiganPrimary School Teacher

I heard about the role of Internal Auditor in CRH plc from my previous employer. He had worked for Internal Audit (IA) in CRH in the past and strongly recommended the role to me for career progression reasons. Accountancy Ireland held an opening evening for interested candidates looking for a job with IA in CRH. I went to this opening evening and submitted my CV to them.

I was called for an interview shortly afterwards. The first round interview was basic information (past employment, strength/weaknesses, career progression etc). The 2nd round interview was more specific to the role. You also had to prepare a case study with 6 questions - all specific to Internal Audit scenarios. A few days later I was told I was successful and got the job.

Claire Hanrahan Auditor Following on from my masters, I obtained a Barrister-at-Law degree from Kings Inns and practised as a barrister in the areas of company and commercial law for 2 years. It was during this time that I first gained exposure to tax law; it struck me as a very interesting area of law and so I began looking into becoming an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with the Irish Tax Institute.

In general, I found the recruitment process very challenging; there are numerous different stages to go through before getting a position. The recruitment process at Taxand Ireland (William Fry) was very well organised and focused very much on putting the applicants at ease.

I attended the drinks reception at the company’s offices prior to the interview and met the partners who would be interviewing me. I found this very helpful as it was much better to meet in a relaxed environment first, rather than the formal surrounds of an interview. Current trainees with Taxand Ireland (William Fry) met with me and answered any questions I had about the role, I found this gave me a very good insight into the firm and the type of work I would be doing as a trainee. Ultimately, I accepted a role at Taxand Ireland (William Fry). Mary DineenTax Trainee I saw the advertisement in the local paper and decided this was something I wanted to pursue. I applied through and from there did the exam. Following this I was selected for interview.

Throughout the whole process I was informed of my progress on the publicjobs website at all times. Following the interview I was informed I was successful and from there I had to attend a medical. Within a few weeks I started training in Beladd House. Margaret DonaghuePrison Officer I applied to Intel after leaving college through their online jobs applications. I applied to an unspecified Process Engineer position and was called for an interview for the planar department a few months later. Rebecca TigheProcess Engineer I was the Restaurant Manager of our Dublin Airport McDonald’s, the position of Operations Consultant became available and my bosses at the time put me forward for the position, which I achieved. I have been an Operations Consultant for the last 6 years and was promoted to a higher grade Consultant in September this year. Marie Kinsella-WhiteOperations Consultant I applied online, was interviewed twice and was offered the position. Liam McCaulR&D Engineer Main challenges Dealing with difficult people can be tough, particularly people who have no interest or a dislike of the forestry industry. Managing my time and workload wisely is challenging from time to time. Stacey BradleyForest Resource Manager Something I have found quite difficult about the job is that I was 100% office based for my first 6 months. I was used to being out twice a week for field trips in college, so being in the office all the time was a struggle for me. In the last few weeks I have started to do a bit of field work, which is really making a huge difference. Emily CostelloTechnical Support Forester Training and riding horses is extremely time consuming and it is the clock that I guess I feel the most pressure from. Particularly in the winter when the weather and the dark evenings make the days very short. Horses don't wear watches and there is no substitute for time and patience when training them. Trying to allocate time equally to all the horses I have to ride can be difficult. Luke DreaEvent Rider The most challenging thing as an Internal Auditor is convincing the businesses that we're there to help them improve their control environment and we're not "out to get them". Most of our businesses don't like to see us coming and think they have to hide certain things from us.

They forget we all work for the same company. It is very challenging to get the company to change certain things they have being doing for years but may not be the correct way to do things. Claire Hanrahan Auditor The main challenges in my current role are quite tight deadlines with some of the regulatory casework. Dealing with people in difficult situations such as where an illegal felling has occurred requires a professional, patient and firm approach. Ciaran WalshForestry Professional

One of the main challenges I face is to try and get as much experience of the new Kiln 3 Project as a whole, while still trying to focus on the individual areas that I am responsible for.

There are so many aspects to the project apart from the mechanical installation, so it is a challenge to obtain as much knowledge as possible.

I hope this will help to keep my future career path within CRH as varied and as exciting as possible.

I also feel challenged by maintaining positive interpersonal relationships with the people that I work with. On a daily basis, the pressure to perform your job is constant, but you still have to make time for the people you work with.

It is a challenge trying to balance the time you devote to the job and to your colleagues. They are the lifeblood of the organisation, and you will need them sooner or later to help you out with an issue, with advice, etc.

Finally, I also find it a challenge to try and remain neutral when discussing an issue or project with a group. The objective is to try and stick to the facts without letting emotion, past history, biases, or peer pressure into the equation. Here is where tact, sensibility, and diplomacy need to reign supreme.

Damien MasonMechanical Engineer Keeping track of multiple projects and ensuring each is adequately resourced on any given day is the main challenge. Just because a project is due to start two months from now doesn't mean nothing needs to be done today. Also projects may encounter big hurdles which will pull resources from the group and this may have knock-on effects to other projects. That can be difficult to manage to ensure minimal delays occur elsewhere. Fergus O'ConnellQuality Officer

The first big challenge with becoming a pilot in the Air Corps is the initial 2-3 years of training....bit military and flying training. This is a tough few years and should not be looked on lightly.

Once finished and passed though it is probably one of the most rewarding days of your life!! From day to day, however, flying presents us with numerous challenges to keep us on our toes. No two flights are ever the same...there are so many variables including weather, wind, turbulence, type of job and numbers on board.

Having to make difficult decisions before and during flights is very challenging and needs flight crews to be up to speed and alert at all times.

Oisin McGrathLieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp The main challenge at present is trying to get Forest HQ to the best user-friendly system it can be for all foresters within Forestry Services Limited. This challenge is a positive for me. I thrive on identifying the problems and then working with the developers to see them fixed. Not too many people enjoy a day where some challenge or another does not crop up. The more challenges there are, the more we, as individuals, are learning. Claire HowlinForest Management Planner

The main challenges are the changes that are taking place within the Health Service, everyone has to be more accountable for the decisions they make while they are working in a hospital environment. All grades of staff have to be aware of all the work policies and the correct procedures to be followed while at work.

Up until the last few years attendants didn’t need any formal training, they were just there to assist the nursing staff but now they need to be trained and they have to take responsibility to ensure that clients get the care and attention that they are entitled to. Policies are changing all the time so you need to keep updated on them. This means taking time to read and understand them and the affect they have on your role at work.

Lydia PeppardCare Assistant The main challenge in my role is adapting to change. Change is an integral part of my role, as we are a company always on the go: New Products, New Restaurants, New market challenges, improving systems, problem solving. Change is my main challenge but it also energises and motivates me. It brings the opportunity to start over again. Marie Kinsella-WhiteOperations Consultant Given the economic difficulties of the past few years I would say that the main challenge in working in financial services is gaining the customers trust. Clients are now more careful and in many cases very cautious about dealing with financial services providers.

However in many ways this can be looked upon as a positive as it give us a chance to showcase our knowledge and capabilities and sell ourselves to the customer and thus building up relationships. Kevin MoranInsurance Administrator Tax law is always changing, so it’s really important that I keep up to speed on these changes! Lorcan KellyTax Consultant Monitoring a large number of machines working all over the country in everything from first thinnings to clearfells can be tricky. The stem files and production data coming from these machines can be very different. Keeping the machines up to date with the latest software and ensuring the machine has the correct shape file for each harvest unit can be difficult. Also having multiple projects, especially when they are international, can make this extra challenging. John ListonProject Manager Main challenges we face at the moment would probably still be cost. Cost is top of everybody’s agenda so that is a huge factor.

Notwithstanding that we try to demonstrate how we add significant value to the client and that helps us to become a trusted partner. Karl CurranAssociate Director A lot of the subjects are done through independent learning so self motivation is a really important part of college life. Mark Spain Garda Trainee Some of the main challenges include:
Lisa KellySpeech and Language Constantly learning new weapons and warfare tactics keep me alert and challenged. Life in the Defences Forces is an endless learning curve and so we are always improving ourselves and those around us. Overseas operations are a very challenging feature of my career and one which I welcome as they give me the opportunity to put into practice my training and skills. Being away from home, friends and family is a major challenge facing any soilder. Keith LynchPrivate (Line) The main challenges for me are trying to fit everything into one day!! It’s important that you manage your time well, and identify what is important and what really needs to be completed before you can leave the office. Because of the nature of application support we are constantly being forced to re-prioritise our work schedules. Having a good professional relationship with the customer is paramount to understanding just how urgent their request might be. Also because of the wide scope of our sales, dealing with different nationalities and cultures can be a challenge at first. Shane CallananElectronic Engineer Challenges include a changing marketplace for forestry; land availability for the afforestation scheme; increased regulations; the impact of Brexit on timber prices. Mark CleryRegional Forester Typical day No day is ever the same in Intel as the challenges we face are constantly changing. Essentially my day-to-day role is to sustain a manufacturing process which allows equipment to operate in a safe and effective manner, while producing top of class, defect free products.

A typical day begins with arriving on site in Leixlip at 6:30am and heading into the cleanroom for shift passdown. Production in Intel is carried out in a super clean environment, which means that employees have to wear what we call bunny suits in order to maintain a certain level of cleanliness, which is 10,000 times cleaner than an operating theatre. Passdown involves both engineers and technicians and is where any issues and progress over the last 12 hours is discussed.

It is the role of the engineer to lead this passdown and ensure that tool operations and plans can continue as they had for the previous 12 hours. This is vital to maintain the status of excellence which is required to allow 24 by 7 manufacturing succeed in Intel.

At 8:30 am there is a second passdown meeting again led by the shift engineer. This meeting involves tool owners, Equipment engineers, team leaders and other people who are vital in running a manufacturing process. Here the tool plans for any maintenance or experiments and the goals for the day are decided amongst the team. It is the shift engineer’s role to decide on the priority of these tasks and communicate them to the team of technicians who operate the machines.

Throughout the day the engineer takes responsibility for ensuring these plans are completed and communicating the advancement of plans to team leaders and tool owners.

Another major part of everyday operations is monitoring and maintain a low defect performance. This involves monitoring inline defect data to ensure tools are consistently producing the best standard products.

Training is also a huge part of my day in Intel. As a new hire in the company I typically have classes to attend, Web based training to complete and spend time with experienced engineers in order to develop my skill set for the job. Rebecca TigheProcess Engineer

A typical day would start with travelling to a quarry & meeting with the quarry manager.

You could spend half the day outside around the quarry carrying out an inspection/audit, the second half of the day could be spent on paper work which might include analysising environmental monitoring results and checking for compliance to planning conditions imposed on the site.

Marie O'DonovanEnvironmental Officer

Every day in the Defences Forces is different. There is never a mundane day in the Defences Forces. Generally they consist of lectures based on different situations and tactics employed by a soilder, and also training on different weapons and equipment.

The majority of the day is focused towards physical and mental fitness and strength. Each training sessions is geared towards a different aspect of this fitness ranging from: a simple run in training gear to a fully uniformed "battlerun" with equipment which is always both challenging and rewarding.

Keith LynchPrivate (Line)

I work as a Design Evaluation Engineer in the DAC Product Line. (DAC = Digital to Analog Converter)

The role of the Design Evaluation Engineer is to evaluate and characterise new Silicon designs - in my case DAC designs.I am currently working on a 40 channel 14-bit voltage ouptut DAC.

Previous projects included an Impedance to Digital Converter, an application  which is in Biomedical sensors to measure the impedance of the skin - useful for monitoring skin diseases.

Another application of this device could be to determine the ideal patch of skin on which to attach a smoking patch or birth control patch. The part could also be used to measure a body fat impedance - predicts hydration levels for athletes - general state of health measurements etc.

Another project I have worked on was for a large customer of Analog Devices - Siemens. It was an industrial output driver, the application for which is in Actuator control.

 As you can see, the products I work on are pretty varied in terms of their end applications, and hence their specifications are varied and also the tests required to evaluate these specifications.

My work involves both hardware and software and involves such tasks as: - PCB board design - LabVIEW software design - Report writing - Attending project meetings & giving feedback - Work on designing new evaluation methods

A typical day usually involves some measurements, either at my lab bench setup or in another lab if the test requires specialized equipment. Most days throw up a variety of issues - be it from the point of view of a part not behaving as expected or perhaps surpassing expectations or maybe equipment/setup debug issues requiring my attention - thus each day is usually slightly different from the last!

Tracey RocheDesign Engineer The working day starts at 8 o'clock. Like most jobs I would start by checking my email. The company which I work for builds Servers. No two customer orders are ever really the same so there is a lot of variation in the product. Trouble-shooting any manufacturing engineering problems that arise with the unique orders as they arise is what my department works on when required.

In my working life I have generally considerable contact with sister plants in the US. I would attend a number of meetings and conference calls on a daily basis. One of the main objectives is to send a product through the manufacturing floor as smoothly as possible.

To do this all the different aspects of manufacturing must be addressed. People, parts, equipment, training, skills, communiaction etc. New products are constantly being released to the marketplace. Getting the factory ready to take on the production of a new product is also within my role as a manufacturing engineer.

This is where travel would enter into my job. I would visit sister plants who may be introducing the product earlier than us and I would learn everything about it then. I would asses all requirements and would be responsible for making sure from a manufacturing engineering aspect my site was ready to start producing by a certain date. No two plants are the same either so it's never just a matter of copying what was done on another site. Lynsey GarganManufacturing Engineer

I start work at 9.30am. and I am responsible for all the Health Care Assistants in the hospital. Every Monday I prepare and validate salary returns for the Accounts Department. I take phone calls from the various ward managers and meet with my staff on a regular basis. I am also in contact with recruitment agencies to fill staff shortages.

It is a very busy department. If I am not at meetings and negotiating with staff representative bodies on matters pertaining to the Health Care Assistants, I could be on the wards assessing staff performance or assessing the practical skills of those staff doing their FETAC Level 5 training. I am also involved in the interviewing and the selection of staff, look after the rosters and manage sick leave, etc.

Ejiro O'Hare StrattonClinical Nurse Manager 2

There really isn’t a typical day in health and safety. There are common themes though – lots of questions from clients, deadlines to meet, novel or complex problems that take time to work through and a need to communicate all this in plain understandable language.

For the astronomy side of things, a typical day would involve checking the weather. If we’re all go for a clear night, it’s a case of planning targets, writing scripts for the automation software and then getting the equipment ready for a night’s run of taking images. The images are then analysed and data generated. Thus is then formatted before being sent to the Jet Propulsion Lab or the Minor Planet Centre.

Dave McDonaldAstronomer A typical day might involve trying to manage the progression of various projects with various different timelines attached to them! It will involve numerous meetings, conference calls and dozens of e-mails. Andrew DunneSenior Tax Manager

My role can really be divided into two sections - R&D projects and manufacturing. Each day I have tasks relating to both sections of my role. I manage approx 30 people who have different responsibilities within each of these two sections of our company.

I spend time monitoring progress on the various projects that are ongoing at any one time. Each project has a time line that must be met to ensure the projects deliver products to the market on time to keep us competitive. My role would be to remove any compliance / regulatory roadblocks to the time line that may arise. I need to make decisions or suggestions that maintain the timeline and ensure product quality , safety and efficacy are maintained. We could have up to five development projects running at one time. A lot of time is taking up with project meetings to review progress etc.

We are also a manufacturing facility manufacturing product for up to 50 different markets. My group is responsible for the review and release of the product before shipment. Each day I meet the staff involved and review shipments for the week and any deviations that have occurred which might affect the product. I need to decide if the product is affected and needs to be rejected. If this is the case it must be reproted to the site and investigated to ensure it cannot happen again. We work to a shipment plan which must be met each week. We also have improvement projects to deliver each quarter which have to be managed.

Michael BohaneQA Manager

My husband goes to the market very early to get the fish and I bring the children to school and creche and go to the shop for 9.15am. Then I set up the counter with the fresh fish. It is hard to be creative and also set up as quickly as you can.

The day starts. I serve customers and fill in details of the fish for traceability. The customers are the biggest bonus to my day. You keep the counter looking good with your product topped up with ice and make sure everything is super clean. You can never have any bad smell in such a small shop. So hygiene is a big thing.

Nicola O'HigginsFishmonger Start @ 6:30 milking, feeding calves, checking cattle & complete all feeding & routine tasks by 11.

Non routine work varies with the seasons & is completed each day between 11am & 4pm.

The current spring tasks include calving cows, ploughing, slurry & fertiliser application, fencing & straw bedding cattle.

Updating the paperwork end of the business also takes quiet a while.

The evening routine replicates the morning routine & is completed between 4-6pm. Denis ReidyFarmer - Dairy The best thing about the job is there is no typical day. This was probably the biggest draw for me to the job. I love the unpredictable nature of it and that we can get called to any incident at any time.

Some days when it is extremely busy I find we are very reactive due to the high volume of calls. Other days when it is a bit quieter we can be more proactive and we can get out and prevent incidents from happening before they unfold. Peter CliffordProbationer Garda There is no such thing as a typical day in a life of a Guard. Each day is different as we are faced with different tasks, meet different people and given different responsibilities. Some days are very busy, while other are more relaxed. It’s a varied job and definitely not a boring one. Emilia GilroyGarda

I don’t tend to have a typical day; each day is different depending on the work in hand.

If I am painting, once I begin I tend to work for hours, then maybe not work on it for days and then come back to the canvas with fresh eyes. Some paintings take only days, some take months. Most of my paintings are explorations of the surfaces of other worlds. If I am doing a drawing workshop I pack the equipment in the car the evening before, so getting to the venue is my only pressure.

It’s very rewarding to impart the excitement of our solar system and space exploration via drawing to children. Sometimes several workshops in one day can be a challenge, especially if the venues are distant from each other. I have to be very flexible when I arrive as each venue is different and I need to adapt my presentation, equipment etc on the spot to suit the attendees.

If I choose to do a Moon drawing for a book or an article I am on tenterhooks hoping for a clear evening. On an ideal night I have the telescope set up early in the best position to follow my target. I might observe the area I intend to draw several times before I am ready to start. My drawing easel and pastels are ready and I have to be very focused indeed to capture the lunar feature in as much detail as possible. Full-phase Moon drawings can take up to two hours or more to complete, other features perhaps an hour.

Photography is involved if it’s a step-by-step article or book chapter that can be very awkward in the flow of the drawing. Mostly I would write an outline report on my drawing soon as it is finished.

Deirdre KelleghanAmateur Astronomer Carry out field and desk inspection of applications for the different forestry schemes and felling licences. Robert WhindleForest Inspector During term time for WIT, I deliver lectures on the above subjects or prepare lecture plans, mark exams, attend meetings, organise and run field trips. In Lismore Estate I manage operations dependant on the time of year (establishment in the winter, harvest management in the spring and summer, management of maintenance operations, management of pesticide operations, staff training). I also measure timber, conduct inventory and survey the forest in general. Adriene BoothForestry Lecturer Each engineer in the Yield Analysis group is assigned a product for which he/she is responsible. Day-to-day work involves monitoring end of line yields and if/when there are any yield depressions performing analytical functions to try to understand what may be the problem.

A typical day usually involves meeting with the other members of the group to discuss issues and meeting other engineers in the Fab to try to resolve those problems. Most days throw up different problems and issues and thus each day is usually slightly different from the last! Deborah CaffreyElectronic Engineer No two days are the same! Matheson’s Tax department is involved in many types of complex transactions, working with international clients to add value to their businesses and as tax law is continually evolving, I am always learning and I am fortunate to be part of a team that encourages me to keep progressing to be the best I can be. Caroline AustinAssociate Tax Lawyer My average day starts at about 7.30am, as does that of my employees. Our workforce is organised in three crews of two or, sometimes, three men. On a Monday, we would normally go on a run of maintenance contracts, maybe seven or eight sites and I would work with one of the crews during that run. On Tuesdays, we tend to concentrate on new landscaping jobs. I would organise the materials for the job and any deliveries of materials. I'd then set out the planting and allocate various tasks to my helpers, make sure that everything is going smoothly and that the job is finished well. Our work days finish at four in the afternoon. On Wednesdays, after allocating the various tasks to the staff and ensuring that everyone is on site, I spend the rest of the day in the office. This is a vitally important part of my work, although the least enjoyable. Accounts and credit control have to examined , bills paid, lodgement of cheques received and wages for the week prepared. There is usually correspondence to be dealt with as well as quotations and tenders for future work prepared. A lot of time is spent on business calls not only on Wednesdays but throughout the week. The other days are taken up in much the same way as Mondays and Tuesdays. Contact has to maintained with the clients on a regular basis to ensure that they are satisfied with the service we are providing. Also regular contact with suppliers, such as Nuserymen, is very important to make sure that we know which plants or other materials can be sourced at any one time. Paul DowlingHorticulturist Every day generally presents different challenges and therfore no two days are the same. Weekly projects and operations meetings are the routine pieces in between. Currently, with the ongoing construction of the new factory line, decisions may be required quickly on numerous issues for work to progress on the many construction sites within the factory. Other issues may require careful consideration as to their likely impacts going forward and are therefore more long term. Peter LaComberConsulting Engineer Further training... Obviously there is quite a bit of health & safety training required given the nature of the industry and you are often working alone in remote locations. Most of my employers so far have provided training courses in different things such as harvest schedule optimisation, GIS and spatial planning tools, timber forecasting, environmental impact assessment, landscape design and forest planning, time management, communications and negotiation courses. In terms of formal education I intend on undertaking a masters in the next 12 to 18 months. Ciaran WalshForestry Professional In the Garda College I have completed a suicide intervention course which has proved to be a very worthwhile course.

In the future I hope that I can further my education and build on the degree that I will attain at the end of the training. I think that furthering education will be crucial if I want to progress my career in years to come. Peter CliffordProbationer Garda No, not at the moment, however, I wouldn't rule it out. I have an interest in the accountancy and taxation side of our business. Elaine SteiroFranchisee On the job training is a regular occurrence especially when talking to colleagues of mine about various issues and the field days organised by the Society of Irish Foresters are always informative. Mark CleryRegional Forester Training courses are constantly taking place within the Service in many diverse areas such as Hostage Negotiation, Security Units and Dog Handling Courses. As yet I haven't completed any of these but they are on my list!

I'm participating in a college course at the moment, a combined venture between the Irish Prison Service and Sligo I.T. which I find challenging but very rewarding. Although I may not be actively partaking in training courses, I am very aware that while I am on the job I am constantly learning. I think the day I stop learning is the day I should leave. Paul HardingPrison Officer I completed chainsaw, spraying and planting courses etc. when in college and since then I have completed training to be an IOSH Project Supervisor at Construction Stage (PSCS). I participate in the CPD system designed by the Society of Irish Foresters, this I find to be most beneficial as I can attend very relevant courses and seminars around the country. We are constantly going on management courses within Veon to improve our people and management skills also. Joe CoddSales Director I have partaken in a number of training programmes since taking on my current job including Performance Management, Conflict resolution, Lead Auditing, Internal auditing among others.

I am currently studying a Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology in Trinity College Dublin. Fergus O'ConnellQuality Officer I would like to when I find the time! Fergal FeehelyApprentice Painter Decorator I always try to keep my knowledge current by constantly doing a variety of courses such as those on languages or IT. It’s very important to keep life- long learning going all the time. Kevin KearyParliamentary Assistant I would never rule it out.  Practices are continually changing and we need to keep up. Research into epilepsy among other areas are really changing the way we do our job. So it is vital that we keep up with that knowledge and stay on a path of continuous professional development. Liam DowlingClinical Nurse Manager 2 Yes I am currently undertaking further training as I am studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC. Donal Og CusackAutomation/Energy Engineer

I do not have any immediate plans to do any sort of formal courses in terms of a part-time Masters or anything. A lot of my job upskilling happens on a daily basis or if not daily, periodically through in-house company training courses, on new equipment/measurement procedures or new styles/upgrades in programming software we use.

Training is a big part of what Analog Devices stands for and as a company, it definitely encourages it's employees to continue to strive to upskill and take part in further training and education.

Tracey RocheDesign Engineer Yes, I would like to get an Anaesthetic Fellowship, Pain Diploma, MBA Health Care Management and maybe a diploma in computer networking & database control. Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist Yes. And if there are no more internal courses available, the Company offers you the choice of external courses that I can benefit from. I intend to do the Dale Carnegie leadership course next. Cosmin TudorRestaurant Manager Several H+S and construction management courses and welding courses. I plan on doing a project management course and CAD course in the near future. Donal KanePlumber / Construction Super. I have completed further training in Geographical Information Systems. Robert WhindleForest Inspector Oisín:
I plan to progress on to train as a foreman and beyond.

Phase 2, 4 & 6 - FÁS (Solas) National Skills Training. 
Oisin MurphyApprentice Carpenter My first job was as a Consultant Occupational Psychologist, and as part of that job I did a number of courses that were required to do my job, including courses on Occupational Testing, the use of Personality Questionnaires, Job Analysis, Consultancy Skills and many others. As previously mentioned, to meet the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements set out for psychologists, I have to continuously update my skills. For example, I recently completed a course on Facilitation Skills delivered in house. The Public Appointments Service is very supportive of our training so I hope to keep upskilling while I work here. Aoife LyonsOccupational Psychologist I decided to pursue the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification on joining Deloitte. I had undertaken some lectures with the Irish Tax Institute as part of my Masters in Smurfit and found them to be extremely well organised and professional. I knew that I would have excellent support pursuing my tax qualification.
Deloitte have really supported me in pursuing the AITI CTA qualification. They offered me paid study leave for my exams and in house training sessions which made the experience of sitting my first set of exams as stress free as possible. Anna Holohan Tax Trainee The QP course was undertaken through distance study while working in a previous role. I intend to study for an MBA within the next two years. The course will enable me to understand the business needs of the company and meet these requirements. Michael BohaneQA Manager Advice if considering this job

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

Claire Hanrahan Auditor

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

Mary Ita HeffernanSocial Worker Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine! Rachel BerryPharmacist 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. Louise Mc DonaldPrivate (Line) Do not judge the job by your experience in the college. Join the Garda Reserve to gain experience of the outside world. Be yourself and put in the effort to achieve your goals. Steven KilgannonGarda Trainee If you are considering full-time scientific research, try to get a work placement in a university department so you can see first hand what it’s like. It’s a relatively relaxed, flexible environment, but there is a certain degree of self-motivation needed. 

So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc. Caitriona JackmanPlanetary Scientist With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer. Lynsey GarganManufacturing Engineer

I would advise having a degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Professional training in nursing is necessary in order to understand patient care and what standards are required to provide quality care in an acute hospital setting.

One would also have to understand the value of planning, implementing and evaluating work practices in order to get the best out of employees. The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative.

Ejiro O'Hare StrattonClinical Nurse Manager 2 Get as much knowledge of the role as possible, talk to someone in the company or role before you apply for it. Joe CoddSales Director It is a great place to work, there are so many opportunities to go further in the business. Breda WrightCustomer Care Manager Learn about the Naval Service – look at the website, visit a ship alongside a port when they are open to the public, talk to any friends/family in the Naval Service, ring the Recruiting Office. David FlemingSub Lieutenant - Navy You need experience in the accounting function for this particular job, especially financial accounting. You have to be able to work closely with others in a team and within cross funtional teams. You need to be qualified as an accountant. and to have to have numerical skills. Gail SterioCorporate Accountant The road to becoming a lecturer is quite long; you need to have at least PhD as well as an undergraduate degree; you would also need to have experience of working as a researcher in research projects so it can take quite a while to reach a stage where you might be considered for a lecturer’s position. So patience is required. Aine Ni DhubhainForestry Lecturer I would explain that it is a role where you can expect to be learning every day, most especially from what you observe on the ground and from the people that you meet. Luke HeffernanForestry Inspector For women considering a career in forestry, the physical ability required is more fitness and technique rather than strength. If you enjoy variability in your working day; being part of an industry which is not yet hitting its prime; the great outdoors; a love of nature and peaceful surroundings then forestry is for you. Linda CoghlanForester Go for it! Intel is a fantastic company to work for. Darryl DayIQ Engineer Forestry is not just about planting and harvesting, it provides skillsets that can be used in many careers. Forestry is about people as every forest is owned by someone and you must be able to communicate your vision for their forest. It is about learning. You will never stop learning in this career and that makes it cool. Finally you can go anywhere on the planet with the skills you will learn. Forestry is virtually the same everywhere – just different trees. I have worked in several countries around the world and used the skills I learned in Ireland to bring value. Darragh LittleManaging Director of Forestry Oisín:
Be as open to advice and teaching as possible. Craft your own methods and ways of doing things and always continue to learn and devlop yourself and your skills.

You need to enjoy working with your hands.
Oisin MurphyApprentice Carpenter Only enter the Defence Forces if you are willing to commit to it 100% as it is a long tough road which can be extremely rewarding if you fully engage it. Like everything in this life, you get out what you put in. Keith LynchPrivate (Line) Working in the Forest Service can be great fun. Most of the roles in the Forest Service involve a nice mix of office and field work and I would advise anyone considering this work to seek as much practical forestry experience as possible in Forestry before joining the Forest Service. Seamus DunneForestry Inspectorate The lifestyle Yes. I have a very active life style. I like running climbing, hiking and travelling. Unlike other professions, I work six days then have four days off.

This allows me to go on a small camping trip or to take a long hike somewhere down the countryside. Our annual flexible leave system is also very flexible as it allows me to arrange my holidays well in advance. Nan Hu Garda Thankfully in my current job, I am able to balance my work life commitments. When I trained with KPMG, they gave me more than adequate study leave when I was pursuing the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification which was great. It can be difficult to go to lectures some evenings after work and at the weekends but if you can’t make it they’re also available online to catch up on in your own time. Lorcan KellyTax Consultant While I am in training, I am living in Templemore during the week and travel back to Dublin on the weekends. The lifestyle in college is great as you are always surrounded by friends and there is plenty of sports teams etc. Jack McGovernGarda Trainee Working on shift allows me to lead a very flexible lifestyle which would not be possible with a 9 – 5 job. Typically I work a 3 or 4 day week, with each day comprising of 12 hour shifts. This means there is a lot of time off during the week to have a life outside of Intel. Rebecca TigheProcess Engineer During the summer months the ship I work on ties up because of no quota, so we get a chance to relax and try out other work for the summer months. Brendan CavanaghShips Engineer My role in Internal Audit involved a lot of travel. This travel was Monday - Friday. It was never a problem for me as I'm a young single person with no family commitments.

The audits were usually 3 or 4 weeks but you always travelled home at weekends. You had the option of staying in the location at weekends also and this was nice as it gave you a chance to visit the city. You generally get to stay in nice places so you have those extra luxuries to compensate the fact of being away from home for so long! Claire Hanrahan Auditor I have found that it is so important to balance my job, my study and my personal life. Deloitte encourage a healthy work life balance and I have realised this is important to me doing a good job at work. I find that by taking part in events and activities I am much more productive in work, efficient and attentive in my study and happier in general. Anna Holohan Tax Trainee

My current job is nine to five, Monday to Friday with around 5 weeks annual leave per year so it allows plenty of time for leisure activities, family, friends etc. Other hospitals I have worked in had a weekend/on-call rota but it was easy enough to organise my social life around this. The job comes with a decent salary and I am pretty much able to take holidays and treat myself to the odd shopping trip or whatever as I please (within reason)!  I am very happy with the lifestyle working as a hospital pharmacist allows me to have.

There are opportunities for career progression as a hospital pharmacist although compared to the NHS the HSE has some catching up to do. Hopefully the role will develop in the coming years as it has in the NHS where pharmacists are becoming highly specialised, have prescribing rights and are integrated more fully into the healthcare team. From my experience of the HSE there isn't really a structured training/career path after registration that all pharmacists follow but there are plenty of opportunities if you go out and look for them.

Rachel BerryPharmacist I am currently working a 35 hour week. The week usually flies by, because work is quite busy at times but also very challenging. Sometimes you may have to work beyond the 35 hours but effort by employees is readily acknowledged by management.

My current job allows for adequate time off, which allows for good quality time with family and friends. It also offers ample opportunity for leisure activities and a good work life balance. So I have no excuse for "lack of exercise ". Frank MorrisonRecruitment Manager Yes, working from home is a big plus. Linda CoghlanForester Teaching affords you the holidays like no other job. Where possible I like to travel during the summer and get away on shorter breaks during the year. In time, it will be a job that will facilitate family life easier than other professions. Mary JoyceSecondary School Teacher Yes, I usually work a five day week, times can be flexible when required. Hugh Heraghty Fish Farm Manager Unlike some of the other health professions, Occupational Therapists tend to work from 9-5 Monday to Friday. This leaves both the evenings and weekends free to pursue other interests. OTs also get 25-27 annual leave days a year. These tend to get used up with holidays etc.

The caring professions aren't generally renowned as high income jobs. On qualifying from College Basic Grade OTs start on lower salary scales with salary increments each year. After working for 3 years as a Basic Grade, therapists are eligible to apply for Senior OT positions, which start on a higher salary scale. Tomas FlanaganOccupational Therapist My job gives me security, it has helped me to be able to afford to build my house. I have been able to go on holidays and enjoy time with my family, but sometimes the unsocial hours have a real impact on family life, such as working on Christmas Day or other bank holidays when the rest of the family are all off work or school.

Unfortunately unless you want to go on to be a nurse there are no progression opportunities within my grade of staff within the hospital where I work. Lydia PeppardCare Assistant

Absolutely, although sometimes my wife might disagree with that! I love it. I can be myself and whats really great is I can influence other peoples lives too. By that I mean other professionals, peers and probably most importantly the people we care for.

I have the best of both worlds, I love travel and living and have a reasonable roster that allows reasonable time off and during work I can travel too. Imagine going to see the real Elvis in Memphis as part of your job. Fab!!! (This was one of the Lad's goals, he's a big fan of Elvis, so the team here and myself fundraised with him to help him to achieve it).

I started off in St. Michael's House as a Staff Nurse and am now a Clinical Nurse Manager 2.  I managed a house for people with challenging behaviour for six years and am now managing a house for people with more complex needs and quite profound disabilities. There are lots of opportunites to grow and develop in SMH and the great thing is you are encouraged and supported to do this. Sometimes you have to battle and fight but that's life!!


Liam DowlingClinical Nurse Manager 2 Yes, thankfully I can maintain a good work life balance, where my hard work is rewarded. Caroline AustinAssociate Tax Lawyer

While ashore, yes there are very little restrictions on my lifestyle. I am married and play both hurling and football for my local GAA Club Barryroe so therefore I enjoy a good work life balance.

However, while on my Sea Rotation (which ended just over two weeks ago) this obviously becomes more difficult. Being at Sea and away from home for four week periods makes any lifestyle difficult for myself and of course my family. But that’s the career I chose.

David FlemingSub Lieutenant - Navy Overall I would say yes. Teaching hours are very social, there is no shift work and the holidays are fantastic. The pay is reasonable too. That said you are unlikely to become a millionaire doing this job! Paul GalvanResource Teacher At the moment I have free time on Sunday and Monday, so that is great as I can spend time with my two small children. Having just started a new business that is the best I can get at the moment. Nicola O'HigginsFishmonger I am very conscious of trying to keep a good work life balance. I think every person is different though in how they manage this. For me personally, I like to leave the office most days around 6.30 or so, relax for a few hours and then check my emails later in the evening to make sure nothing urgent needs attending to. I am not one of these people who stays in the office every night until 9 or 10pm – if I did I’d be asleep at my desk! Joseph ConboyAssociate Director Whats cool Seeing the service users happy and growing in confidence. Enjoying new experiences. Working with the service users and getting to know them. Working with nice people Deirdre LavelleCare Assistant

It is always cool to deliver someones baby and be part of this experience with them. I am always surprised that this never gets old or boring.

I also enjoy working as part of a team and the continual new experiences and challenges you gain as part of this job. It is nice to work in a large hospital as you get to mix with lots of different people both at work and socially.

Siobhan CannyMidwife

McDonald's offers a range of upskilling courses and chances of promotion. The flexible hours and competitive rates of pay appeal to me, however as it is also an active job it keeps me alert and thinking.

I also like meeting all the different people that I work with and learning about new cultures everyday. The team environment is a great part of the job as we all must cooperate with each other to get things done.

Richard StoreyShift Manager Cool is not a word I would really use in relation to my work, but what I like about my job is working within a team, having a say in how my work is done.

We have a good partnership committee at work and this allows us to have an input into the changes that are taking place and how they affect us in our working lives. As one of the union shop stewards I have always had some input, but partnership gives more of my colleagues a chance to have their say. This is a very good development because for years our group of workers have felt that they had no input into the work of the hospital and partnership has given a real sense of having some ownership regarding our work. Lydia PeppardCare Assistant The fun we have all together when we work. There are truly good people working in McDonalds and it is a pleasure to know them. Mariya LevchukCrew Trainer The varied and hands-on nature of the role with Taxand Ireland (William Fry) - from a very early stage, I was involved in interesting work and given increasing responsibility as time went on. This means that it is always interesting and I feel that I am always learning and increasing my knowledge in various areas of tax.

Also, the problem-solving nature of the role; devising a solution which is not only legally and technically accurate but which is commercially acceptable, can be quite challenging but is also very interesting. Mary DineenTax Trainee Some of the new materials we get to use. Observing animal trials & seeing our devices being used. Observing procedures at the hospital & getting feedback from surgeons. The coolest thing of all however is to hear that the device has worked & the quality of life of many patients has improved. Sinead KennyDesign Engineer The variety of challenges that need to be overcome on a daily basis. Peter LaComberConsulting Engineer The comradery with my classmates. We all bonded very quickly and there is a good atmosphere in class all the time. Mark Spain Garda Trainee Oisín:
Finished job satisfaction, seeing yourself and your skills develop using different tools and methods to get the job done.

I enjoy the work and being able to admire the finished product.
Oisin MurphyApprentice Carpenter

Anything with a bit of adrenalin attached is cool. Whether it is boarding a trawler in very bad weather, a gunnery shoot, exercising ships gunners. Approaching a port with a large concentration of traffic, anything that is challenging really.

Also the opportunity to travel the world, though my career to date I have been lucky enough to have been to many different places, from Singapore to L.A. Argentina, Hong Kong, India and Egypt.

David FlemingSub Lieutenant - Navy I don't have to wear a suit, which is nice. We have an informal but focused culture - in many ways it feels more like being on a sports team than in a business in that everyone has different but equally important roles to play.

We are also quite democratic - everyone from the CEO to the receptionist gets a say in how things should be run (although of course the CEO gets the final word!).

As a music fan I really enjoy working in this industry. The way things are going, the recorded music industry is on the wane and the live music experience is becoming more prominent, so it's great to be part of that. I can also get tickets to shows that might otherwise be sold out :) Karl StanleySoftware Engineer The thing I like most about this job is the travel aspect of it. Johnson & Johnson are a multinational company so I get to see a lot of different places around the world. Donal Og CusackAutomation/Energy Engineer The cool things about my job would be: - Full Irish Breakfast on Fridays  - Casual workwear on Fridays. - Department nights out, which helps to socialise with the different members in the team outside work. - The Christmas Parties to which you can bring your partner and is normally a stayover in a hotel with the meal and drinks free. Gail SterioCorporate Accountant Working with individuals with learning difficulties is very rewarding-this is my favourite part of the job. Tomas FlanaganOccupational Therapist Responding to Emergency calls is pretty ‘cool’, all the action and the excitement. This can get your adrenaline going, having to think on your feet and getting to use your skills, medications and equipment.

Driving on blue lights and sirens is pretty ‘cool’ too. Although most of the time when you arrive at the scene of an incident, things are bad. However, there are still ‘cool’ times such as delivering a baby in the back of the Ambulance or a car at the side of the road, that can be magic.

It’s a great feeling when you learn new skills or administer new drugs and you can see the patient improving immediately. Keith HayesAmbulance / Paramedic There is no shortage of interesting work to get involved in and there is excellent support with someone always available to answer any queries or concerns I have. I also really like the atmosphere of a large firm. Anna Holohan Tax Trainee I enjoy the fact that there is a lot of patient contact and that we have the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives through sometimes relatively simple actions. For example, just taking the time to sit down with someone and listen to their concerns or explain what each of their medicines is used for could make the difference between them taking medication or not. I found working as a community pharmacist quite an isolating experience and enjoy working alongside other healthcare professionals in my current role. Rachel BerryPharmacist The things I like best about the job would be: Job Security. Financial Security. Variety. Challenge. Availability to education. Availability to progress. Margaret DonaghuePrison Officer Reward and Recognition play a big part in the culture of our organisation where success is celebrated and high performance is recognised.

Several initiatives have been introduced such as Employee of the Month, Silver/Gold awards etc. which instils a culture of high achievement across all areas. Sarah TenantyFinance Operations Not so cool The audits are generally 4 weeks long and this can get quite tiring and stressful, especially by week 4. It's a lot of travel, early Monday morning flights and late Friday evening flights for 4 weeks in a row.

Sometimes you can be alone in a location and it's not that exciting sitting in a hotel room by yourself every night! The stress element can be eliminated by preparing well for the audit. But you never can tell what will "go wrong" when you're out on site! Claire Hanrahan Auditor It can be dirty sometimes. Fergal FeehelyApprentice Painter Decorator Special Needs teaching can be enjoyable and rewarding. However there is a lot of paperwork. Padraig ParleTeacher - Special Needs If there is something I don’t like about it, it would have to be the public scrutiny and negative perception. Saying that, it truly is coming from minority of people and most encounters are very positive. Emilia GilroyGarda There’s always room to improve administration and processes - some of the activity is non-value add to our customers and consumes a lot of our time each day. Sarah TenantyFinance Operations Working long hours with travelling, and commuting to sites that can be awkward to get around. John ListonProject Manager Getting up at 5:30 am to come to work. I’ve never been a good morning person. Rebecca TigheProcess Engineer Some particularly messy or difficult customers do not particularly inspire you to work. Fortunately, most of the other kind clients make up for that. Mariya LevchukCrew Trainer People constantly asking if you can get them cheaper car insurance! Karl CurranAssociate Director There's no aspect of the job that I don't like. Rather, it can be frustrating to have to my work spill over into my personal time, to finish things to the standard that I want. But really that's a personal choice.

Next term I have a class with over two hundred students, so getting all of their assignments marked within a reasonable time will take a bit of a push! And sometimes it can feel like there are a lot of meetings - about specific degree programmes, about the HRM group, faculty meetings etc. But it is a huge advantage to work somewhere that emphasises including its staff in decision making, so there is a significant upside to that. Aoife Mc DermottLecturer I have thought about this question and have asked a number of my colleagues.... None of us could think of anything that is not 'cool' about our jobs. For me, this is a dream job and I would not change a day of the time spent on the Air Corps so far. Oisin McGrathLieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp Written interview unavailable... Mary McCaugheyHead of Communications As I mentioned above, I would probably rather be outside a bit more! Emily CostelloTechnical Support Forester As a call centre and a developing business, we are always striving to meet the needs of our customers, part of that is that we operate 6 days a week and open late mid week.

Whilst a lot of insurance brokers operate on a 9-5 basis, this represents a challenge in managing and monitoring a call centre with extended hours. When resourcing the department it can also be difficult to find staff that will commit to shift work. Nicole FeigheryCustomer Care Manager There is a lot of very menial physical work that I don't enjoy but can' t be gotten away from  i.e. mucking out, sweeping, care of pasture and riding surfaces etc. Luke DreaEvent Rider Nothing really as every job comes with its own hazard. Rasaq FaladeGarda Reserve Being outside in the rain! On site there isn't really the same social aspect as there is in the office. You are only working with a couple of people on site. The work -, there isn't much I don't mind doing really. Maria O'NeillCivil Engineer Meeting someone new in the pub and telling them you're a "rocket scientist" can be a bit of a conversation killer sometimes! Caitriona JackmanPlanetary Scientist When we get it wrong and have an unsatisfied customer. Brenda O LoughlinFranchisee The lack of interest by some landowners in their own forest crops. The interest by some people in the forest industry in making money to the detriment of the forest crop. John KellyTimber Purchaser

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