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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.
While in Secondary School Intel came on a Road Show advertising their products, what they did and what kind of careers they had to offer. They also advertised the fact that they offered scholarships in the field of Engineering to Students entering into third level education. Hence I decided to investigate and applied for this programme and was successful in receiving Intel's Women in Technology Undergraduate Scholarship. With this scholarship came the opportunity to come work in Intel for 2 summers while I was in college, which I did.
On leaving college I then found there was an opening in Intel for a Manufacturing Engineer. I applied for the Job and after 3 interviews I got the Job. During my time as a Manufacturing Engineer I had the opportunity to live in Portland, Oregon for a year and have traveled to America on business on numerous occasions.
After three and a half years as a Manufacturing Engineer I decided to pursue a career in Process Engineering and I have been doing this now for three years within Intel. There is always the chance to learn, grow and develop within Intel and there are opportunities to move from department to department, as I have experienced.
The main challenges I have experienced so far have been during Kiln Overhauls. This is a period during which the entire production line is generally stopped and both production and mechanical maintenance is completed. It generally occurs annually and is described as all hands on deck for the length of the stop!
If an engineer has responsibilities to install machinery or look after an area, there are generally alot of decisions to be made very quickly and alot of management to be done.
There is little time to ponder as the entire length of the stop needs to be minimised to ensure continued production as soon as possible.
In this time, management skills are required to manage people and ensure that the job is completed.
There is also a test of knowledge as engineers explore and inspect inside machinery to ensure its smooth operation until the following year.
These are the most exciting and challenging times in Irish Cement and most definitely keep one up to speed.
It can be challenging when a high volume of customers arrive and we havn't planned for it and might not have the appropriate number of staff scheduled .
This can cause serious pressure to the shift if people can't get their break on time or staff are waiting to go home.
As McDonald's is a fast food restaurant we cannot plan for a bus load of people just turning up at the front door so it can cause a lot of pressure.
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.
Everyday is completely different in the world of a Process Engineer in Intel. As part of the worlds largest Computer Chip manufacturer it is my responsibility that the machines that I take care of as part of making a computer chip, are able to maintain this status of excellence on a 24 hour 7 day a week basis.
The machines which I am responsible for are located in what we call ' A Cleanroom'. We are clothed from head to toe in white suits that we call 'Bunny Suits' as the environment is 10000 times cleaner than a hospital theatre. First thing each morning we analyse the previous 24 hours performance from a productivity, performance and maintenance point of view.
All machines status and plans for any maintenance or experiments are planned for the next 24hrs. All plans need to be carefully communicated to all those involved. There are weekly/monthly goals and challenges that are set for each machine and when we achieve these targets there is usually a recognition or reward received which is always a great motivator.
Within this area it is my job to sustain and improve equipment performance for the manufacturing process on my machines. It is important to ensure that my machine operates in a safe manner, and to ensure that operationally the machine is available for production and has the capability to produce great computer chips with minimal defects. Equipment issues continuously arise that need disposition and this aspect of problem solving is part of my job which motivates me and I really enjoy. Cost analysis as well as training are also an integral part of my daily job.
Let me start by saying that no two days are the same. The role of Operations Manager in the National Project Office was a complete change in direction for me personally as prior to this most of my career was spent within the hospital setting.
If office based, I usually check in with all Team Leaders and their staff to see how "everybody is" on the one hand and to see how their particular national campaigns are running. At this stage if any difficulties come to the fore we might try to figure out the difficulty there and then, or else set out a particular time with the necessary people to make sure the process runs smoothly.
After this I would usually be in communication with my immediate manager to see what new pieces of national work needs the attention of the office and work out the logistics for this as well. As the title suggests the National Project Office has a national role in that it provides for recruitment and strategic policy development for a variety of different services throughout the country. This subsequently can involve time away from base on a regular basis.
All staff try to limit their time away by holding as many meetings via teleconference when possible, as the work back at base also needs to be completed. I'm very fortunate as Operations Manager to work with a great team of people who are very diligent, efficient, and most professional in their work practices. For this reason any new projects although challenging, are met with enthusiasm and are progressed without too much difficulty.
Actually there is nothing like a typical day really, and that's what make it so interesting.
But common things do happen: Morning production meetings to get feedback from shifts occur at 07:45 followed by a planning meeting at 10:00 for the next 24hrs schedules. A 08:30 there is a short technical team meeting to try and dove tail current work lists in the department and to give/get feedback on various activities going on. The rest of the day would be spent on parts of the circa 5-10 projects that would typically be on the go at any one time.
When you have so many projects on the go it is very important to develop tracking systems that work for you and to try and reduce the pressure of deadline by setting your own targets some time before the actual due dates.
Challenges can come about because of multiple competing deadlines and tight resources on man power, scheduling is thus the key to success.
8am: theoretical training session.
9am: preparing for 1st patient, i.e. preparing drugs, checking machines.
9am -17pm: perioperative anaesthetic care of patients in theatre.
As a pilot in the Air Corps, a 'days work' is usually very different from day to day. We are required to fly a number of jobs each day with many different customers. Each will present different timings, a new challenge...some rewarding and some more mundane.
Our official working hours are from 9-5 but due to the nature of the job this changes regularly!! Each morning at 9am we have a morning brief. This includes a weather brief, an update of what aircraft are serviceable and a briefing on the days operations.
Each day we would have a number of flying jobs to be completed. These range from Troop transport, air ambulance, VIP transport, surveys, area reconnaissance's, etc. Generally flying crews are assigned to these jobs and are required to liaise with those involved to organise timings/locations/number of passengers, etc.
Once all is organised, the jobs will be completed as requested by the customer. Each job requires the pilots to make difficult weather calls, which can lead to pressurised decisions and some very challenging flying conditions. So each day presents a number of new challenges, pressures, and requires solid decision making. This makes the job very exciting for me!
All jobs that are completed successfully are quite rewarding! It is rare that somebody can get up in the morning and look forward to going to work...
My timescales vary depending on weather, tides, etc. My boat is small so generally you get ashore at night. I can work from 5am to 6pm or from 10am to 11pm. You only work when work is to be done i.e. when you are fishing, but the more work you do and the more fish you catch then the better the money.
The pressure on me personally is high as I am responsible for finding and catching the fish. The crew have to sort, clean and stow the fish in boxes with ice. Teamwork is vital, when you have a good team the work is done far quicker, easier and the quality of the product is higher which in turn commands better prices. The biggest reward every day is the number of full boxes of fish stowed for sale. The job is never routine or boring and it changes every day.
Since joining the company I have completed many in-house training courses as we have an Intel College of Engineering with a vast array of courses on offer.
I am currently completing a Visual Basic programming course. I do plan on pursuing an accredited business management course later this year. Intel actively encourages further education & has close links with neighbouring NUI, Maynooth and also has an excellent online library providing access to all the major Science & Engineering books and e-journals.
I have completed a Graduate Management course in the IMI in Dublin as part of of graduate programme in Irish Cement.
I also completed a Certificate in Health, Safety & Welfare at Work in IBEC in collaboration with UCD.
I attended a Kiln and Roller Mill 4 day similar in Germany with Polysius (Supplier of cement kilns)in 2006 to gain greater knowledge on Kilns and mills.
I also attended a 2 day course in MS Project as I was required to use it in my job and a 1-day in house NSAI course in auditing for ISO.
I hope to attend a bearing and welding course this year and also a Project Management course to further my education in these areas.
I also hope to attend a Quarry Management (DAPS) course next year in Derby, England to further my knowledge in quarrying with the hope of pursuing a career in CRH in this area.
If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!
Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!
If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.
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.
This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.
Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.
I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.
The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.
As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.
Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.
Fishing is a very unpredictable job. While, financially, it can be in line with other jobs, it can have a negative impact on your home life. You cannot plan holidays etc. because the fishing season is so dependent on the weather.
You could be at home for a week between trips or you could be home a couple of hours. It is hard to peruse any planned leisure activities when you cannot tell anyone when you will be at home or when you will be at sea.
Yes, very much so. I am heavily involved in a number of sports at national and international level and having a career in the Air Corps allows me to fit in all the necessary training that I need. Air Corps personnel are required to maintain a certain level of fitness at all times during their career, hence sporting activities/fitness/training are considered very important.
During the week, a number of lunch time training sessions are organised, circuits/pilates/running, and people are encouraged to participate. Also, there are a number of sports teams and activities (e.g. Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby, Volleyball, Parachute jumping, rock climbing, absaling, to name a few) which are available for people to get involved in.
Apart from the Sporting activities, however, the Air Corps gives job security, a very good salary with plenty of annual leave. Generally weekends will be free, apart from the odd weekend duty which allows plenty of time for family life also!
My current job as a Senior Quality Officer affords me the ability to enjoy a reasonably high standard of living. I earn a good wage which allows me to live in a nice area, pay my mortgage, run my car etc while still leaving enough financial freedom to enjoy a nice social life and other activities. That said I'm not off on several holidays a year by any means. One a year is good going but with financial discipline, money can be put aside for it.
My job is reasonably flexible around my lifestyle as I no longer work shift. As a QA analyst (the job I held before I became a senior QA Officer) I was on four and three shift rotations. In such a role you're taking over from the previous shift and handing over to the next so the hours you are present on site are strictly controlled. On day shift as a senior QA officer if for some reason I need to leave a few minutes early on a given day I can come in early (with managements approval of course). I should mention that shift work can be very difficult at times and nobody I've ever met has had an easy time with it (especially night shifts).
My current role involves no shift work which is great for meeting up with friends and family. All said I have a good quality of life. Owing to the demands of my job for meeting my own deadlines and those of the people who report to me, it can be hard to switch off after work. Frequently I find myself thinking over issues from work while at home. As one rises in levels through a company I'm sure this becomes a more frequent thing and possibly even a necessary one at times.
Yes - my job allows me to live a normal lifestyle - work 8-4.30 Mon-Fri with weekends off although on occasions it's necessary to work longer hours but the company does actively promote a proper work/life balance. The job also provides me with security, good pay & excellent benefits.
I have the opportunity to pursue further education & training while also having a clear progression path based on your abilities & contribution. Travel is another perk of the job - business trips, training courses & conferences to US & Europe are regular. There is also an on-site gymnasium and an active sports & social club so always something to do. Also the location of Intel means you are always going against the traffic!!
At the beginning, I worked a schedule.
However, now I have a workload and at this stage I have the flexibility to be able to attend school functions, family functions , arrange my holiday time, and many other lifestyle choices whilst still undertaking my career responsibilities. It's a great balance.
I don't know what is cool about fish but the creative side of the counter and cooking suggestions give me a buzz.
My husband used to be a Chef and the ideas he comes up with are great and the customers love that.
The job is very dynamic and varied. Since joining ESBI I have been involved in engineering, business development and the CDM process. I am currently exposed to legal contracts and financial models. The job is definitely not boring!
The great thing about ESBI is that there is the opportunity to move around within the company and experience different roles.
I also really like the people I work with. The majority of the Carbon Solutions team are female which is a pleasant change in an engineering company!
The other great thing is the travel.
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