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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 After I completed my time as an apprentice, I was being offered opportunities to take on more responsibilities in the work I was doing and it progressed to assisting the site manager. Colin ButterlySite Manager - Trade Entry I went straight from school into the professional rugby system so it was merely based on how you were performing and what potential you could have in the future. Ian McKinleyRugby Player Murray Flynn Maguire advertised themselves on Facebook and my aunt, knowing the experience I had and what I was looking for, tagged me in the post. I went for the first interview where I had to present my translating and interpreting abilities, then after the second interview with of one the Partners of the firm, they offered me the job! Magda RogersLegal Secretary Firstly I served my time as an electrician, then I applied for a job with Johnson & Johnson in the DePuy facility in Ringaskiddy during which I became interested in the whole area of energy and I went on from there to become an Automation/Energy engineer. Donal Og CusackAutomation/Energy Engineer My current job arose from a restructuring of the Quality Function within IVAX. I was a QA (Quality Assurance) analyst in the Inhalations business for three years when I applied for a Senior QA Officer role. I was interviewed and offered a role in the Solid Dose business. One of the key questions in the interview was 'what would you change'. The company was looking for new ideas. My manager called me into his office and told the company wanted to offer me a position telling me that my work ethic and ability to make hard decisions played a big part in their decision. Fergus O'ConnellQuality Officer I had heard in the papers that St. Michael's were hiring people. Once I called to enquire I was sent out an application form which I filled in and then I was called for interview about a month later.

I felt that went well, it was with 3 women working high up in the organisation and I relied a lot on previous experience and gave examples of how I would work in a certain situation.

This seemed to be what they were looking for and so about 3 weeks later they offered me the job. I accepted it but they didn't start me for another month!

I had to go for a medical also before I started. Naoise PyeSocial Care Worker I rang the army and requested an application form which was sent out to me. I submitted the application and in time was called for an interview.

The interview board consisted of three soldiers, an officer and two sergeants. They asked me questions about myself, my background, and what knowledge I had of the Defence Forces. I was sent a letter to tell me that I had been successful in my interview. 

I then had to complete a medical and a fitness test. I got a letter about one month letter telling me I was successful and when I was to start my training. Louise Mc DonaldPrivate (Line) I applied with CV and got in when a sudden vacancy occurred. Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist After some time off directly after college, I applied for an ICT Graduate placement. ICT Ireland provides graduates with the opportunity for placements with participating companies. I was successful in getting an 11 month placement in Intel, in the Unit Level Failure Analysis group.

After the 11 month placement I was offered a full time position within the same group. After working for approximately 1 year in that role I changed job role to work with the Yield Analysis group. Deborah CaffreyElectronic Engineer The contract that I just finished was as a production dancer on a cruise ship. The ship was called the MS Silja Serenade and cruised between Sweden and Finland. I saw the audition advertised on Facebook and as I fit the criteria I decided to attend. They were auditioning in Madrid and London but I decided to audition in Madrid as the date suited me better and as I speak Spanish I knew there wouldn't be any problems.

There were approximately 60 people at my audition and I knew that they only needed 8 girls so the chances weren't great. Luckily I got through to the final round (it was a long day) and was told that after the London auditions they would watch the recordings they took of the auditions and let the successful people know.

The night of the London audition I was emailed to say that I had been chosen and to forward the necessary paperwork to them. A few weeks later they sent me my flight details and I headed to Madrid for a month of rehearsals before flying to Stockholm to board the ship. Megan McEvoyDancer Veon did “mock” interviews with anyone who was in 3rd or 4th year that wanted to practice a job interview and receive feedback. They created a fake position to interview us for; it was a regional manager job. The interview lasted for 10 minutes, and afterwards we received feedback on our interview and our CV. The idea of this was to prepare us for our first interviews as forestry graduates. I brought a copy of my management plan to my interview. A huge part of the management plan was maps that we would have created using GIS. I also emphasised in my interview that GIS was a software that I liked and was good at. The following day I had a phone call offering me a job! Emily CostelloTechnical Support Forester I applied through Robert WindleForest Inspector I applied through Aishling ButlerGarda Trainee While I was at Leicester doing my PhD, the job advert was sent around a mailing list that I had subscribed to. I applied straight away, and it was actually the first application I made so I was very lucky!

The interview required me to give an overview talk discussing my research and ideas for future work, followed by technical questions, and then a personal interview. I was then offered the job and I accepted straight away. Caitriona JackmanPlanetary Scientist Padraig ParleTeacher - Special Needs

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

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 I wasn't all too sure what area of business I wanted to go into, but I knew I wanted to use my language. SAP would have always been at the careers fairs, but I never took any interest as I didn't have any background in IT. However, after uploading my CV to and a couple of phone calls with the recruiter from the company, I figured out that there were many different options for those without IT experience. I went for the interview and was won over by the place. Interviews were never a strong point for me, so I was over the moon to get the call for the second round. I put a lot of work into preparing and it paid off in the end. Laura GlendonSAP I really enjoyed living in Galway during my cooperative work experience, so I kept an eye on the papers & internet for suitable roles there. Creganna had recently set up their Design Services department & advertised a position for design services engineer. I applied for the job & had 2 interviews. I was successful & moved to Galway just before Christmas in 2004. I started working in Creganna the following January & really enjoy working here. Sinead KennyDesign Engineer 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 Main challenges Dealing with difficult people, administration – necessary but very time consuming.  Niamh YatesValidation Engineer 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 Sometimes we get demanding guests in. However, due to our training I am well able to deal with all sorts of guests and any challenges thrown at me. Kate WalshBeauty Therapist 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 Meeting our forecast commitments up to 2020 Maximising the value from the harvest Managing constraints (E.g. forest access issues) Kevin PowerResource Manager As a lecturer in a University you are not expected only to lecture. You are also expected to look for research funds from outside bodies, carry out that research in conjunction with postgraduate students and then publish the results. Trying to keep all these aspects going can be quite challenging. Aine Ni DhubhainForestry Lecturer Managing my time during the school day is the biggest challenge. For example, timing practical work to be finished before the pupils have to be off to their next class is always a challenge! Cian O'MahonyScience Teacher Passing exams and advancing academically is the main challenge, i.e. ongoing training and assessment. Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist 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 most difficult part of my job is Managing my managers! This is especially difficult in the Public Sector where one can feel that as much or even more time is spent on ensuring that we can be SEEN, in time, to have done the right thing over and above the time taken to actually do it. This is to bolster ourselves for future questionning (e.g. in a Public Accounts Committee hearing) wherein it is easy to criticise.

Also, the VERY Risk Averse nature of things means that sometimes a large capital expenditure approval might take 1 or 2 years when in a private sector environment it might take months. This is due to the number of government agencies things must go through, often with each one getting their own independent consultants to review matters. As for Technical Challenges, in the light of the above, no matter how difficult they are, they're easy! Ciaran MacSamhrainTransport Infrastructure Ireland Paul MeanySchool Principal

Starting up a new technology in Intel is always challenging especially when we have to install and deinstall new or old machinery. There are tight install schedules that are planned and developed months in advance and they are all interlinked into other areas within the factory and hence meeting these schedules will determine if the product starts being made on time.

To qualify new machines there is heavy engineering involvement for installation of the machinery itself, the support facilities it uses and then the qualification of the new process which has to meet tight criteria before it is allowed run any new product through it. Although it is a challenging time, it is an exciting time and there is a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction when the machines start running for the first time

Kerrie HoranEngineer - Process The main challenges are dealing with diversity and mixed ability in the classroom, inclusion of all pupils in all activities and maintaining safety and high levels of participation in PE. Mary JoyceSecondary School Teacher Keeping up the speed of service and smiling can be particularly challenging when you are having a rainy day! Mariya LevchukCrew Trainer You have to test yourself negotiating with people from other countries. Kevin KearyParliamentary Assistant The main challenges are:

-Taking in a lot of information and techniques to perform your job to a high standard.

- Coming towards the end of the job , there are deadlines which may require you to work late hours and weekends. Mark MaguireApprentice Electrician The main challenges are the variety of issues that need to be resolved on a daily basis. These ensure that no two days are the same. Peter LaComberConsulting Engineer The main challenges are the expansion of the milking herd. Also that we always have facilities ready for the cows when they need them. As well as meeting all the performance targets we have set ourselves in our plans. Bryan DanielsFarmer - Dairy A job in the Forest Service presents many challenges, everything from assessing the eligibility of afforestation applications to the different forestry schemes, to forest health surveys, to being involved in reviewing the national Forestry Programme. You need to be an excellent people person with good communication skills, with knowledge of everything from ecology, geology, hydrology, silviculture, engineering, national and international forest policies and legislation, the list is endless. Robert WindleForest Inspector A huge challenge for me at the start was speaking German to native Germans on the phone. It was quite daunting at the start, but you get used to it after a while. Another challenge of mine was presenting in team meetings. Again, it's one of those things that become second nature to you the more you do. You need to remember that everyone is in the same boat when doing these things! Laura GlendonSAP Typical day

The day starts at 6am when I get up - the first job is going for the cows and doing the morning milking. Then I generally set up the work for the day.

The good thing about farming is that every day is different, this allows me to be my own boss and work to my own scheduele. Mornings are usually for checking stock and afternoons are generally for other farm work needed. I try to start the evening milking at 4pm so I can finish up the days work in the early evening.

Bryan DanielsFarmer - Dairy I start work at 8am in the morning to open the service for breakfast. I make sure we are set up for the day. After that I look after the service area and crew to make sure the customers are well looked after. Breda WrightCustomer Care Manager I am usually in to train at 8 in the morning until 4 or 5 in the afternoon. The day is usually consisted of meetings, gym and field sessions. Ian McKinleyRugby Player

A normal day would include:

Business pressures are daily & we must follow up and adjust our plans to ensure that we stay on target. Results are looked at daily and weekly and monthly. It is very easy to see how things are going.

Elaine SteiroFranchisee

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...

Oisin McGrathLieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp A typical day would start with planning the day’s work ahead for all labour and sub-contractors on site and ensuring that they have the required material and tools to carry out their work.

Next would be to check up on correspondence/ e-mails which must be attended to.

Generally then I would review information that is required to keep progress going on site which would entail requesting or giving information to the design team.

Depending on the size of the project that you are on you could have to attend meetings every day or less frequently depending on scale of project.

Having the required information and research done for each meeting is vital. Creating and maintaining progress reports also falls under my role which is important to keep the project team up to speed on where the project is at any given time.

Each day you would have to allocate time to plan ahead where you would look 2 weeks ahead and beyond. Aidan MaherSite Manager - Grad Entry A typical day can vary a lot, but generally consists of activities such as writing code, analyzing data, and researching and applying machine learning and mathematical techniques. However, we follow the Agile working process, so every day there are standup meetings where everyone gives an update on what they've been working on, and every other week we have planning and review meetings Catherine AhearnData Scientist

I have a huge variety in my daily schedule, and for me there is no such thing as a typical day. We have sales world wide, ranging from The United States, Europe, Israel, The Far East, and even Australia. And because of this my day can start and finish at any hour of the day. Sometimes the day can start with a conference call with customer’s in the Far East, followed by another meeting with a European based customer around mid day, and finally an evening call with a customer in for example California.

The variety is huge, and really keeps me on my toes! Activities are constantly being re-scheduled to meet our customer’s requirements, and because we support the customer’s applications, this may oftern require our immediate attention. Sometimes the issue is relatively straight forward and I can answer by a return email. Other times it might involve some laboratory work, and occasionally it is not possible to resolve the issue without travelling to the customer’s location. If this is the case, then we co-ordinate with the customer to arrange flights, transfers, hotel accommodation etc.

I am also responsible for International regulatory issues on our products. These are the requirements for selling electronic goods in some international markets, especially into medical applications. Often this requires co-ordinating with the various international bodies to ensure our product meets the required standards, and includes quarterly visits to our manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe and the Far East.

In my current role I also am responsible for updating the senior management team on aspects of the groups work. We get together once a month to discuss all aspects of the business, both engineering and commercial. This usually takes place at the start of every month, so some of my time is spent collaborating reports for these meetings. As the electronics industry continues to change, larger companies over the years have reduced their in house power supply experts. Because of this we see a lot of customers who do not understand the intricacies of using a power supply. So some of my time is spent either writing papers for customers or putting together some training material to help them understand the issues as they may arise.

Shane CallananElectronic Engineer

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 A typical day would consist of either a day in the office or a day out on sites. A day in the office would involve monitoring production levels for contractors. Monitoring roadside stocks and ensuring that timber is available to customers in line with phasing. A typical day will involve many phone calls and emails to and from forest technicians on the ground, timber distribution and timber sales department and contractors and operators. It would involve interaction with other operations, such as engineering also. Time management is massive. Ensuring regular work such as production trackers and forecasters, roadside stock inventory and progress of sales are up to date and accurate is hard when dealing with so many unpredictable factors. A typical day in the field could be assessing future forest harvest SPs (sales proposals), carrying out checks on active sites, meeting with contractors or sawmill representatives, or checking roadside stocks and road quality for haulage. I have a forest technician working with me. They are the vital link to what is happening on the ground. Regular days on site with the forest technician are important. Depending on the time of year and the size of your programme of work the split of office time to being out on sites could vary. My split between office and site would range from 90/10 to 70/30. Jamie HawanHarvesting Manager My typical day consists of reviewing targets V actual delivery, meeting stakeholders and clients to deliver on their goals, writing reports for clients and colleagues, forest valuations and solving problems that arise. Finally, being a business owner, I am concerned with achieving targets, profit and cashflow. Daragh LittleManaging Director of Forestry There is no typical day in our job. I would try to plan one day a week to do administration work but even that can be disrupted by more important matters. And then every day has it's charm by being unpredictable. At the end of the day the results achieved are a reward for the team and satisfaction for me. Cosmin TudorRestaurant Manager The environment at Murray Flynn Maguire is great. It feels more like a family to be frank, we always help each other and share difficult tasks. The pace we work at is extremely fast. The Partner I am a legal secretary to has over 400 cases and we need to make sure that we are on top of things every day. Magda RogersLegal Secretary I aspire to work 5 days a week (8am to 4pm) however since I am an entrepreneur who founded a start-up food company so my working hours can be less or more depending on the week and its demands. I don’t have a typical day. The advantages to being my own boss is that I can be flexible with my time to suit my family (I have 2 kids). This is really important for me. In turn, I need to make up for this time another way so I often work after the kids go to bed and sometimes I need to work on the weekends (in this case I’ll try to get another day back to spend time with my family). Balance is really important for me. Running my own company is demanding and challenging however I love what I do so I wouldn’t change it for anything! Fiona UyemaChef

One of the things I like the most about my job is that very rarely are any two days exactly the same.

Any one day involves providing leadership and goals for your team. Interacting with both customers and staff. Ensuring the highest levels of customer expectations are met are the main objectives.

This could be anything from quality checks, working front line on customer service and of course cleanliness of the restaurant.

Lisa BerryRestaurant Manager A typical day would be similar enough to any other company following the Agile way of working; stand ups in the morning to track everyone’s progress and give/receive support if needed, perhaps sprint planning or backlog grooming meetings (depending on what day of the sprint it is), and other than that I’d be spending my time coding and working on whatever project or task I’m doing at the time. I liaise with colleagues who may be working on a particular task or project with me throughout the day aswell, it’s an open plan office so this is quite easy to do quickly and efficiently. Claire PurcellSoftware Engineer My day can vary quite a lot as I could be out doing a forest inspection for acquisition, collecting forest data such as top heights, diameters, and stocking etc. I could also be based in the office running forest models and evaluating the data collected in the field for the purchase of any individual forest. Meeting potential investors for forestry and discussing forestry with them. I would spend a lot of time on the phone to auctioneers and forest owners discussing forests on the market. The local Veon Regional Managers would constantly be in contact with me every day discussing opportunities that may arise with certain clients. We would also talk through any queries or problems they may have with certain forestry operations. Joe CoddSales Director A typical day would involve preparing any variations that are due on a project. Most construction projects are fast moving and clients require costs turned around in a quick manner so this is always our focus.

I would then work on any weekly reports due such as labour spends reports or project cost projections. This would involve working with Project Managers and Contracts Mangers to get the various elements of information required to produce the report.

As with all construction professionals a lot of time is spent answering emails on various cost queries from clients, PQS and our Accounts and Purchasing. If a project is coming to an end a large amount of time will be spent preparing the Final Account and agreeing it with the relevant parties. It is always good to close off a project and get the final account signed, particularly on a large or lengthy project. Eileen FahertyElectrician / Quantity Surveyor I don’t really have a typical day, it all depends on what’s happening in the company. As the insurance renewals are approaching, my main focus at the moment is putting the rest of the sites that are being insured onto the database before the renewal date. Emily CostelloTechnical Support Forester A lot of my duties as a Revenue Auditor are carried on outside the office, either at the tax payer’s premises or that of their adviser / agent. The Audit process involves me preparing my file following an analysis of the taxpayers tax returns and other information, which allows me to prepare my Audit Plan and I carry this into the initial ( and possible subsequent) interviews with the tax payer and / or their advisers.
I will also examine / analyse the books and records, which will allow me to arrive at my Audit findings, which I will present to the taxpayer and their adviser / agent. Edel ButlerAdministrative Officer Further training... Yes, I engage in Continuous Professional Development. I have also completed the Native Woodland Scheme course sponsored by my employer. Linda CoghlanForester 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 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 Yes, I plan to further my education; it may or may not be directly related to forestry though. I believe you need to have a number of strings to your bow to achieve success and I was considering a project management course or sales and marketing course to help improve my business skills. Niall O'NeillForest Manager I would like to learn sign language so I can impart my enthusiastic talks and workshops to the hearing impaired. Deirdre KelleghanAmateur Astronomer Not at the moment Denis ReidyFarmer - Dairy Training is always an ongoing agenda item - we even have it listed as a default priority item in our official schedule here. It may be of the form of online classes, or classes in-house where the company brings in professional trainers/lecturers to give classes and information talks; or it may involve traveling to attend a class specifically tuned to your next objective. For example, my next class is a two day session about digital electronics, which will be pertinent to my current programming project. On average training in some form or other occurs about 3 or 4 times a year. Jason RuaneComputer Programmer I only plan to keep up with developments in International Standards relating to trams. Ciaran MacSamhrainTransport Infrastructure Ireland Learning will never stop in this job and every day is a school day! Which is one of the best things about our industry because it doesn’t leave you much time to get bored!  Over the coming years I would like to delve more into the business aspects of our company, for example I would like to take an evening course in accountancy. Rachel ReddinBuilders Providers and DIY Store Manager Intel encourages continual training. I have undertaken many training courses within Intel focused towards better understanding and knowledge of my job role and the manufacturing processes. Deborah CaffreyElectronic Engineer In this field it is critical to have the most up to date information available to me whether it is fish nutrition, safety, or any other area; hence I am always willing to participate in any training that may become available to me. To date I have completed over forty courses between Marine Harvest and BIM. Hugh Heraghty Fish Farm Manager I would like to develop more into software programming and networking to further enhance my skills. Liam McCaulR&D Engineer I will be doing a fish filleting course very soon. Nicola O'HigginsFishmonger I don’t know yet, it depends where my life goes. I am well qualified for what I’m doing currently. Liz O'TooleSkipper

I have completed the following courses since joining Irish Cement:

IMI Courses - Graduate Development Programme - 3 weeks - Management Development Programme - 1 week Vibration Analysis Course - 1 week Kepner Tregoe Courses - Project Management - 3 days - Analytical Troubleshooting - 3 days International Cement Production Seminar - 3 weeks Certificate in Health and Safety from University College Dublin - 3 weeks Computer Software Courses - Microsoft Project - 2 days

For the future, I would like to complete the following: 1 year diploma in business management Master of Business Administration (MBA) Further educational courses with the IMI

Damien MasonMechanical Engineer As part of the job there a lot of job specific courses that can be completed during your trade . I have completed mobile tower assembly, boom and scissor lift driving, confined space training, occupational first aid, abrasive wheel training. I hope to follow up at the end of my trade and do engineering. Mark MaguireApprentice Electrician In the Defence Forces you are constantly furthering your career by undertaking military and educational courses. Tom TooherLieutenant - Army I plan to complete a masters in Employee Relations. I have done a year already but have taken some time out due to family circumstances. Another thing I would love to do is to do a course in employment law. Ejiro O'Hare StrattonClinical Nurse Manager 2 I have recently completed Green Belt training in Six Sigma Operational Excellence. HETAC award a certificate in Process Engineering for this course. The course trains you in advanced project management skills through six sigma methodologies. Six sigma is used in companies all around the world from Toyota to Wyeth. Project management is integral to the success of any company as you must manage your projects effectively for them to complete in a timely manner and to successfully deliver the outputs from it. I would like to one day go back and complete a Masters in Business Administration. Brian O'ConnorAnalytical Chemist 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 Advice if considering this job 1.Be open to new ideas. Think critically, and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the verandah and beat them with a cricket bat. Be intellectually rigorous. Identify your biases, your prejudices, your privilege. 2.Dedicate one's self to the pursuit of short-term goals. Be micro-ambitious.

Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you, you never know where you might end up. Be aware that the next worthy pursuit will appear in your periphery and when you least expect it. 3.You don't need to already know what you're going to do with the rest of your life. Many people who were sure of their career path at age 20 end up having midlife crises now. 4.Be able to speak in public and also in a foreign language. If you can do all that and tell a joke, you've cracked it. Fergal DonnellyEuropean Commission Ignore the stereotypes, or even better, use them as motivation! Gillian MorganManufacturing Process Specialist It needs to be something that you really love to do. When you have to train during winter it can be difficult so you have to be mentally strong. Ian McKinleyRugby Player 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

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

Elva BannonMechatronic Engineer The most important thing is to be passionate about what you’re doing. It can be pretty difficult at times and in those times, the only thing that gets you through it are the little successes you achieve during the week or the month or by solving a problem or getting a new client. Oz IlbrahmiManufacturing Specialist Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you. Kieran MageeFarm Manager - Dry Stock Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of. Deirdre KelleghanAmateur Astronomer

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.

Tomas FlanaganOccupational Therapist

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.

Oisin McGrathLieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp Go for it. There is nothing to lose. If you enjoy the outdoors, forestry will really suit you. On the other hand, if you would rather be in the office, there are many jobs within the sector like mine so it is a win-win situation. The forestry degree course is very broad so don’t think of it as stand-alone forestry. The course could lead you in so many directions you won’t believe how many doors will open up for you. When selecting work placement, be clever about where you do it. Research the company. Why not ask them if you can continue to work with them through the summer increasing your chances of being hired. The forestry sector is very strong at present and is set to get even stronger so for me a course in Forestry is seriously worth thinking about.   Claire HowlinForest Management Planner I would offer 3 pieces of advice:

- Have a open mind and embrace change in order to grow
- Believe in yourself and your team - anything is possible!
- Be a problem solver, any problem big or small has a solution if you commit to finding one. Nicole FeigheryCustomer Care Manager Enjoy driving and don’t set boundaries on what you are willing to try. Develop a great network of people in the forestry sector. John KellyTimber Purchaser 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

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics

Lisa KellySpeech and Language Get a degree in any area that you are interested in. It doesn't have to be directly related to sociology or Law. Apply to become a member of the Garda Reserve Gather life experience by travelling before you join. Jack McGovernGarda Trainee 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) Be proactive and look for the areas that interest you whether it’s the Environment or Human Rights and find MEP’s or interest groups that specialise in those interests and take the initiative to send them your CV.

Having a European language would help you considerably in this career. Irish should also not be ruled out as an option as this is considered as a second language. Kevin KearyParliamentary Assistant That it requires commitment, you have to be willing to take calls and work outside of designated hours. If you think that you have an interest in forestry and like the prospects of having a job that is diverse, rewarding and different from the regular mould of a career – go for it!! Niall O'NeillForest Manager Science research and lecturing needs people who are curious, creative, stubborn (they like problems that take ages to solve). You need to like communication – you’ll be teaching, writing, debating and discussing science all day, everyday. If you like to be challenged intellectually, are creative about ways to solve problems, like working with teams people from the four corners of the world, then science is for you. It’s more David Attenborough than Sheldon Cooper. Shane BerginPhysics Lecturer The lifestyle

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.

Fergus O'ConnellQuality Officer Yes very much so. Mark CleryRegional Forester 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 Yes. Wyeth are a great company to work for and they ensure that employees have a good work/life balance. I find that I get good time off and I don’t see work interfering with my personal life too much. I also get to travel quite freely and love to hit other spots around Europe. I’ve been very fortunate at Wyeth to have progressed through several levels since being here and I am now Manager of the Raw Materials lab after joining the company as an analyst. Brian O'ConnorAnalytical Chemist Yes, we have a good lifestyle. The first 4 to 5 years as Franchisees was all consuming but we knew that once we established our business we would have time to enjoy our interests and hobbies. We enjoy water sports in particular and live near Lough Derg. Our job allows us to make our own schedule and that's a huge difference. Brenda O LoughlinFranchisee Yes, my job allows me the flexibility I desire and also provides good travel opportunities. This is very important to me. Karl CurranAssociate Director Yes Enda CoatesForest Researcher I currently work fixed 12 hour shifts, so if I work two days, I get two days off and then can have a lot of time to focus on my own hobbies, and get shopping etc.  However, I’ve only every other weekend off so it can be difficult at times to catch up with friends and family, and to fit in around sporting activities.  Hospital and Community Pharmacy have more ‘normal’ hours in general although being on-call is still expected as is the case with most clinical roles. Rachel BennettIndustrial Pharmacist

I really enjoy my job, and I think this reflects itself onto my personal life also.

Working with Irish Cement is a pleasurable experience as the company are very flexible in terms of allowing time off for outside commitments.

If you are achieving your targets, and keeping on top of your work, the company will always be flexible to your needs, and this is a win-win situation for both parties.

I go to the gym 3-4 days per week in the evenings. Within the company also, there is a golfing society, a tag-rugby team, a sports and social club, and on numerous occasions a lot of my colleagues and I have gone bowling, to the cinema, or for a sociable drink after work.

I also have time for windsurfing in the evenings, kayaking at the weekends, and the list goes on and on really.

There is good job security also at Irish Cement, an attractive pension scheme, share options, twice yearly performance reviews, a dedicated mentor, and the opportunities for partaking in a vast number of educational courses throughout your career.

With the global nature of Irish Cements parent company CRH, there are also many opportunities for travelling around the world, and above all, the potential for your progression is boundless.

Damien MasonMechanical Engineer Both myself and my partner Lisa are teachers. This affords us a very interesting lifestyle, travelling for many summers to parts of the world that combine my interest in nature with her interest in language and culture. While we will never be millionaires, the salary combined with the time off are reward enough for the job we do. We have also been able to take one year of a career break so far. This was a fabulous opportunity to further our broad education. Cian O'MahonyScience Teacher Yes, I have a little girl and another baby on the way so work/life balance is very important. I work from home one day a week. Des LalorWind Engineer Yes. Seamus DunneForestry Inspectorate I love the sea and tend to snorkel, dive and surf in my spare time, so you’re never really switched off - work and life over-lap a lot. I don’t buy into a lot of the work-life balance stuff, life is life and you make time for the things you want or need to do. The majority of research positions are contract based and few of us have permanent roles, so job security is certainly an issue in research.  Damien HaberlinEcologist (Post-Doctoral Researcher) Generally yes it would as I know I have weekends off and the industry allows you to meet a wide variety of people. The early mornings can be hard if your trying to participate in sports clubs etc. on week nights, so it requires trying to find a happy balance. Colin ButterlySite Manager - Trade Entry Yes, I usually work a five day week, times can be flexible when required. Hugh Heraghty Fish Farm Manager It enables me to have a happy work life balance. I work long hours but my job is very sociable. I meet a lot of people within the job, but outside of that I play sport in my free time with the Belgian GAA club and I also do some travelling at the weekends. Kevin KearyParliamentary Assistant Yes 100%. I get to travel the world AND get paid for it. What's not to love?! You work hard but you play hard and I get 3 months holidays to enjoy back at home with friends and family. I save a lot of money on the ship so when I have my 3 months off I get to treat myself a lot. Kate WalshBeauty Therapist

My current role allows me to maintain a healthy work / life balance. I have a family with four children which takes up a large amount of time. I am active in a number of sports especially rugby and triathlon, also time consuming. I have progressed in my career satisfactorily so far but I would still have ambitions to progress further.

The company I currently work with encourages such ambition and allows people to seek responsibility and develop. It is important for a company to reward good / excellent performance and I am fortunate to work for such a company. Financial reward, while not being the most important aspect, is still important. My current role within the pharmaceutical industry pays well especially since I gained the Qualified Person qualification in 2001.

Michael BohaneQA Manager My profession is a “caring” profession – I am involved in protecting people’s health at work. I guess that’s one of the reasons I chose it. It certainly has been very good to me on the earning front. And while it has taken a few years to save up for life’s “luxuries”, I am certainly in a very healthy position to take great vacations, have a nice house and spend a significant portion of my earnings on my hobby. Dave McDonaldAstronomer I have worked in two CRH companies since graduating and progession opportunities are great.  Working overseas can also be an option with the company Marie O'DonovanEnvironmental Officer Whats cool It is always varied so the work can be stimulating, interesting and exciting. It can also be stressful, pressurised and tiring particularly when a court case is at hearing but even when it is the diversity and adrenalin rush makes the long hours tolerable! Its often nice to escape the office and go to court for the day for a change of environment! Niamh CacciatoSolicitor Teamwork, I’ve always liked working as part of a team. I’ve found that working with others has always been far more beneficial. Listening to other people’s perspectives helps us see things in another light and thus helps broaden our approach and for me this improves our attitudes to work. Kevin MoranInsurance Administrator The Revenue Commissioners offers great opportunities to its staff. There is huge scope for movement within the organisation both in terms of lateral movements and promotions. Revenue has a great mobility policy which ensures that staff do not stay in the one section / area for long periods of time. As a result staff are regularly rotated around to ensure they gain experience in numerous sectors and areas of tax.
The nature of tax is extremely diverse. Tax is changing all the time and as a tax consultant you must stay up to date. After every Finance Bill / Finance Act it is necessary to review any changes brought in or new taxes introduced. It is a challenging and rewarding career. Edel ButlerAdministrative Officer

I am continuously challenged every day in my job which is great.

Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist What I enjoy most in my job is the sense of achievement from seeing the results of hard work in the form of the project completion examples of this would be seeing new systems in operation and fulfilling its purpose. Natasha Ibanez Mechanical Engineer Knowing that what I do every day is seeking innovative solutions which strive to improve healthcare products. Xiaona HouProduct Engineer The thing I regard as the 'coolest' with Intel is, although all engineers within Intel have a full workload each day, Intel encourage a good work/life balance. There is a flexibility within Intel that allows its employees to effectively balance their working and personal lives. Deborah CaffreyElectronic Engineer One of the great aspects is that Intel is a casual dress environment, which means no suits, and everybody is comfortable at work. Also the fact that I get to work on Multi million dollar machines is something I find rather 'cool' Kerrie HoranEngineer - Process Primary school teaching is very rewarding - e.g: to see a child improve in a certain area and to observe a child producing work of a high quality under your instruction.

School holidays - great to have them but they are essential for both teachers and students. Brian CadiganPrimary School Teacher The variety (two days are rarely the same) and the fact that I can control how my career develops. You are given a lot of freedom by the university to research what is most interesting to you, and this can change over time. I think the opportunities for international travel with a stable Irish base are great as well. Dr. Patrick CadwellLecturer Winning new business….it’s gives you a great buzz knowing you’ve beaten competition!

I also enjoy meeting clients face to face and talking about their business…you learn so much about their world. Karl CurranAssociate Director Written interview unavailable... Mary McCaugheyHead of Communications

I’m part of a team inventing something new that has the potential to provide clean renewable energy.

It is incredible to think that the work we are doing can really make a difference. As it is completely new, there are no instructions to follow. We have to develop new methods for much of what we do, or adapt methods used by other industries.

Some of the tank tests we have carried out are a great breakthrough. I have also been able to contribute to large international projects and international standards for wave energy. To view a video: click here

Elva BannonMechatronic Engineer I love to network with my colleagues in the State sector and private sector to deliver for our clients. I love beating targets. I like being invited to participate in initiatives and boards like COFORD, IFFPA, etc. I like Research especially when we can apply it to make a profitable service. Getting out in the field with my forestry team. Buying forestry properties. Having been responsible for purchasing nearly 30,000 acres of forests and selling about half of that is really cool! Daragh LittleManaging Director of Forestry My favourite thing about my job is the opportunity it gives me to work with talented people from all over the world. Academic conferences can be held anywhere, so I have travelled to the US, Russia, the Caribbean, and all over Europe for work! Nuala CaffreyResearch Fellow in Computational Physics What I find best is meeting and talking with people. I also like the fact that I have a lot of fun together with the people I work with. Breda WrightCustomer Care Manager The diversity of the job is incredible; no two days are the same. Every day you are dealing with different people in different places doing different things. It helps to pass time knowing that you are always on the move to different sites. It is very different to a monotonous nine to five where you know you are going to sit at one desk doing a repetitive exercise for weeks without change. I was never an office person and always preferred to be outside. This job gives me the capacity to do both, there is an element of paperwork to the job that seems to be increasing all the time but you learn to manage it. I enjoy the responsibility of organising my work week and deciding where and what I will do. Niall O'NeillForest Manager My friends think that it is exciting and cool that I fire weapons and carry out war games in the mountains etc.  I also find it exciting and really enjoyable. My friends also think it is cool that we get to travel over seas for long periods of time. I like the fact that I get to meet a lot of different people and make many friends. Louise Mc DonaldPrivate (Line) As a Coillte employee, I can experience all aspects of forestry and I am not just restricted to one particular aspect. New forest management systems are currently being introduced within Coillte and it is great to be part of this exciting transformation. There are brilliant opportunities within Coillte at the moment. Kevin PowerResource Manager Seeing new harvesting machinery working on a site and watching good quality commercial timber coming to the roadside in nice, safe and tidy stacks knowing that the hauliers are on their way is satisfying. Jamie HawanHarvesting Manager Not so cool Because of the current age structure of Coillte employees, many people are coming to the end of their careers. It is sad to see them leave but it is also sad to see a wealth of knowledge and experience that is hard to replace go with them. Kevin PowerResource Manager Every job can have its frustrating side. It can be difficult to get twenty eight different countries to move in the one direction and to agree on how to do things. You tend to need a lot of patience and persuasion. It’s such a big institution it can feel a bit impersonal but you could get that in any job. Catherine DaySecretary General Everyone has days when you want to do nothing but lie in bed and dancers are no different. Sometimes it's tough to always have energy, especially on days when your body is hurting. I think people forget the immense physicality of dance but it's no mean feat to do an hour show every single night for 3 months straight with no night off. It's that exhausted feeling that I don't like. Megan McEvoyDancer Oisín:
Having to delay your work to wait for a person to help you with a particular job or tool.

Oisin MurphyApprentice Carpenter I wouldn't call McDonald's the dream job for everyone. Everyone's peers have something to mock about if you work in McDonald's so this can be quite tough. Sometimes it can be very tiring when it's so busy in the restaurant. Richard StoreyShift Manager The countless emails to trawl through on a daily basis. Darryl DayIQ Engineer Although you have the excitement and action of responding to calls the reality is when you arrive you have to deal with some horrific things, you will sometimes see people in great distress and suffering. On a positive note though once you get to do your job and use your skills you normally improve things. Keith HayesAmbulance / Paramedic It can be difficult working on legacy applications. It is important to upskill and to learn new technologies. Lynda O'LearySystems Engineer I personally find that it is a great place to work. Breda WrightCustomer Care Manager Some aspects of the job can be quite mundane e.g. checking drug orders but at the end of the day the ward needs the drugs and it is an essential service. Rachel BerryPharmacist Daragh LittleManaging Director of Forestry For me it is the repetitious work in wintertime such as bedding cattle & preparing cow cubicles twice daily. Denis ReidyFarmer - Dairy I must be in college Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm. I miss the lie-ins I used to have back when I was in UCD! Jack McGovernGarda Trainee

Being a Midwife comes with some serious responsibilities as your have two lives to provide care for with mum and baby. This responsibility can be a heavy weight if the pregnancy and labour are complicated and the outcomes for mum and baby are not optimal.

What makes this bearable is being able to share this with your work colleagues. Having to work shift patterns can be difficult and sometimes you have to miss a night out here and there.

Siobhan CannyMidwife I do not enjoy having to deal with increasing amount of paperwork. But I understand that it is only a matter of getting used to it, dealing with it efficiently. On numerous occasions the project and myself have benefited from it. Natasha Ibanez Mechanical Engineer

The most difficult parts of the job are competing reporting requirements. There are many reports that have to be done and are essential to certain folks but at this time I feel we should improve these systems as there are too many of them.

Time spent fixing problems would be more beneficial to the company -there I go again, trying to improve the system!

Jonathan PugsleyEnergy Manager Lots of challenges come with working with big data. Performance and scaling problems can be tough, and finding bugs can be frustrating at times, but it is very rewarding when all of the work finally comes together. Catherine AhearnData Scientist There is a big commitment to be made when you are thinking about going into dairy farming. You can have holidays but you also need to be there for a lot of the year twice a day to milk the cows. It is not a chore if it is something you enjoy and get satisfaction from. I would see the biggest not so cool thing is having to work outside in the rain! Bryan DanielsFarmer - Dairy 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 When you don’t perform well it’s not a nice feeling. Ian McKinleyRugby Player

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