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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 My husband saw a gap in the market for selling fish in Wicklow and after two years of looking for premises, we finally found one and just went for it! Nicola O'HigginsFishmonger

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.

Kerrie HoranEngineer - Process My friend started working in the Overhead Lines department and he sent my CV into the Civil and Structural Department for me. I got a call within a couple of days to come in for an interview. The interview panel consisted of three people, the head of my department and two HR people. Later that day I got called to go for a medical. The interview and medical was in December and it was after Christmas before I got the call to confirm I had been successful in getting a graduate position with ESB International in the Civil and Structural Department. Louise LynchStructural Engineer I saw the recruitment campaign advertisement on the internet and I applied through I got my first telephone interview a few months after, then I was shortlisted for the selection test and passed, from there I went for final interview and medical tests. Rasaq FaladeGarda Reserve Oisín:
Sending an application email and interviewing for the position.

I heard about this particular job through a family friend and also saw it online.
Oisin MurphyApprentice Carpenter I answered an advertisement in a national newspaper. I applied in writing and sent off my CV.  I then went through a number of interviews carried out by a selected panel of advisers.  Finally I was brought to my bosses office and told the good news by himself. Kieran MageeFarm Manager - Dry Stock Padraig ParleTeacher - Special Needs I got my first job with St Michael's House through answering an advert in a local newspaper. I attended an interview with a panel of three people and was informed by letter that I had been successful. I was then covering a maternity leave vacancy, when a full time post became available in the unit.  I applies for the position, attended an interview and was successful. Deirdre LavelleCare Assistant I applied for my current job after seeing an advertisement on a notice board when I was in college. I was then called for an interview and after the interview I was offered the job. Afra RonayneMechanical Engineer 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 Aptitude tests in person, then a visit to local Sergeant, followed by a 40 minute interview an finally a medical. I'm sure there was security screening done in the background also.

I failed the interview the first time round and had to undergo steps 1 and 2 again. Bru AmerlynckGarda I joined a few different Recruitment Consultants which specialised in Finance, Accounting and Banking. I found the Recruitment Consultants very helpful as they offered to meet before the interview to go through any questions I might have, and continued to give me support throughout the process.

I had an initial interview with 3 people, (an HR consultant, and 2 of the managers). The next stage was psychometric testing - aptitude and personality tests, which are quite standard for these type of roles.

Then there was a second interview, again with 3 people (2 whom I had seen previously, and the Manager of Group Treasury). The whole process took a few weeks, and I was told I was the successful candidate by my Recruitment Consultant. Justine McCoshAccountant A friend working within the company. Donal KanePlumber / Construction Super. I grew up on the farm and I always had an interest in livestock so it was a natural choice to go farming. Bryan DanielsFarmer - Dairy The process involved completion of an application form. This entailed a detailed description of my educational background together with a short essay detailing the reasons why I thought I would be suited to a career in tax as well as a number of references.
Following a short listing procedure, I was interviewed by a panel of three people. The interview mainly covered the information provided on my application form together with some general questions about the tax system in Ireland. Edel ButlerAdministrative Officer 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 was actively looking for a new job in Scotland or Ireland at the time. My current job was advertised on the HSE careers website: It appealed to me because as part of the job you got to complete a Masters in Clinical Pharmacy and depending on where you were placed in interview, choose which hospital you worked in (the scheme involved the major teaching hospitals in HSE West and South).

I applied online and was shortlisted for an interview which assessed the candidates suitability for the job itself and the Masters. I got a phone call a few days later to say I had been successful. Rachel BerryPharmacist 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 I sent my C.V. and a cover letter to the school. Paul GalvanResource Teacher I had been registered on for many years and knew they were recruiting soon.

I applied and we had to do:
1.  Online aptitude
2.  Online aptitude
3.  Test centre Dublin to repeat the online aptitude tests in a supervised setting along with a report writing exercise      and job simulation test
4.  Competency based interview
5.  Medical, fitness test and vetting Peter CliffordProbationer Garda Main challenges The main challenges are ones that effect society as a whole today, poverty, homelessness and trying to police the increasing rate of crime. Niamh BriggsGarda

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.

Elaine McGarrigleMechanical Engineer In the current climate, tendering can be very difficult. It can be hard to ensure jobs are priced above cost and still within customers budgets.

There is a lot more to this occupation than people realise and there is always a problem you haven't yet encountered. An example would be damp issues or alkaline issues which need specialist knowledge to treat properly. Fergal FeehelyApprentice Painter Decorator In a modern Ireland drink and drugs provide us with a huge challenge. Situations can and do turn very violent when people consume excess alcohol or drugs. It makes communicating with these people extremely difficult as they are impaired and their thought process is different. Peter CliffordProbationer Garda As a family’s social worker, we continue to assess the family’s situations and apply interventions accordingly. One has to continue to keep ‘their eye on the ball’ within this profession as many of the family’s difficulties can be very much underlying and covert or ‘hidden’ to an extent. Our job is to continually investigate the child’s circumstances.

Also it can be challenging when continuing to working with parents when Court proceedings are involved. You must be able to handle this confrontation as well as maintaining your role as a ‘support’ to the family while attempting to effect positive change in family circumstances.

It’s important to remember that when working with a family you should always be ’firm but fair’ as you may have to be appropriately confrontational when addressing issues and concerns while also remaining fair and understanding some people’s life circumstances. Mary Ita HeffernanSocial Worker Sometimes trying to develop a design solution for a particular problem so that it both satisfies a technical and a financial parameter can be difficult. As I work with a lot of emerging technologies it can be challenging keeping abreast of developments in such areas. John HardingMechanical Engineer Paul MeanySchool Principal Like in any company there are always targets and deadlines to meet but to be honest I like that because if you don’t have a challenge you don’t have a future. Donal Og CusackAutomation/Energy Engineer I am most challenged by the need to catch fish, i.e. enough to make good wages for the crew and myself. I get fantastic job satisfaction from this. Seeing a good catch of fish coming aboard gives me great motivation, you forget any problems and seem to get energy from no-where. Other aspects of fishing would stress me more; i.e. slack, fishing boat breaking down, bad weather, bad fish prices, and some of the ridiculous rules and regulations which are in force at the moment in Ireland. Liz O'TooleSkipper

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.

Richard StoreyShift Manager As a female officer I suppose the main challenge is the volatile environment. A situation can go from calm to stormy in a heartbeat. You have to stand back and access the situation in order to deflate it, and use common sense to ensure the problem is safely and securely dealt with. I would say that as an officer you are more mentally challenged rather than physically. You have to be mentally alert at all times. Margaret DonaghuePrison Officer I think it is extremely difficult to keep abreast of the new types of crimes such as cyber crime. It is also difficult to investigate such incidents. Nan Hu Garda We work with all different kinds of fish, and every fish has a different bone structure. It is a challenge to have to fillet all these fish in different ways. For me this is all in a days work, but it can be challenging at times. Brendan WhiteFish Filleter That all crew members follow all of McDonald's procedures at all times, to continue to maintain a high standard for all our customers and ensure that they are happy to come back. Breda WrightCustomer Care Manager Keeping up the speed of service and smiling can be particularly challenging when you are having a rainy day! Mariya LevchukCrew Trainer Passing exams and advancing academically is the main challenge, i.e. ongoing training and assessment. Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist Negative stereotyping towards Gardaí can be challenging, however if treated fairly people more often than not respond very positively. Emilia GilroyGarda You have to test yourself negotiating with people from other countries. Kevin KearyParliamentary Assistant Energy projects including wind farms take years to develop. It can be many years before you see the fruits of your labour. Also, you may work a lot on a specific project, but it may not go ahead for various reasons. Des LalorWind Engineer I am most challenged by scheme design. This is were you are given a problem - for example a large span roof - and you have to come up with several options/solutions. This is something that will improve over time, as my experience in engineering grows I will learn to come up with different schemes without even considering it a challenge at all. As I am still quite new to the industry, every project brings with it different and new challenges. Whether it is just coming to terms with new design codes and legislation or knowing what to look out for on site during construction, there is always something new to learn. Louise LynchStructural Engineer Typical day Check emails, set up tasks for work crews, site meetings, walk all work areas and meet all work crew, carry out health and safety and quality checks and pre plan upcoming works. Donal KanePlumber / Construction Super. Certainly no two days are the same. You can never predict what might happen at any time. The challenges are those of sticking to a prescribed timetable. But the rewards are the gratitude of parents and students and actually seeing the pupils learn in a fun environment. Cian O'MahonyScience Teacher My typical day involves taking part in a lot of different meetings with people from around the site. As manager of my area it is important that I am always planning ahead for what new activities may be coming into the group. Some of the meetings are for this planning while others deal with day to day activities in the lab. I talk to my supervisors daily to discuss any issues in the lab. We monitor the number of batches that we release on a weekly basis and any errors that occur in the lab. Knowing everything going on in the lab is very important so that I can communicate anything critical in a timely manner to my own boss too. Brian O'ConnorAnalytical Chemist This is a hard question to answer as no day is the same and no day is typical, which is something I enjoy about my job. So what I will attempt to do is to give you a taste of some things I am involved with, which fill up my days.

The days that I spend in my restaurants, outside of auditing, are agreed in advance with the Restaurant Manager. I attempt to get to each of my restaurants once every 10 days. To ensure the most efficient use of our time together, we use a meeting agenda.

I include items that I need to discuss with them. These usually are financial targets and results, Quality Service Cleanliness results, people development, staffing, new promotions, goals and agreed actions from previous meetings. The Restaurant Manager adds in items that they need from me; these are usually clarifications, training or development.

The agenda remains open right up until the day before, so both the Restaurant Manager and myself know how the day will go and by having an agenda it allows us both to prepare i.e. brush up on information, have the relevant material ready and bring what is needed.

When we have covered a topic both an action and a completion date is agreed. When we finish our meeting this action plan becomes the basis for our next meeting and also items that I will check when I visit the restaurant again.

When I am auditing a Restaurant,  there are announced and unannounced visits, both of which require preparation which I like to do the day before. When I am completing an announced audit, I request that the Restaurant Manager be present and I get them to complete the audit with me, as it is important to me that they see what I see, as they will be the ones charged with changing it if there is an issue.

The unannounced audits, the name speaks for itself, I complete alone. After I have completed an audit in one of my restaurants an action plan is completed. Depending on the Restaurant Manager's time in the role and their development needs, I will complete it with them, or they will do it on their own.

I also attend a lot of meetings, these include meeting with my boss, meeting with other departments, meeting with my group of restaurant managers, restaurant staff meetings and core group meetings.

Core Groups are very much like committee meetings and are made up of representatives from every sector of our business: Franchisee’s, suppliers, business partners, department heads and consultants. It is at these meetings that strategic decisions are made on purchasing, training, marketing etc. Marie Kinsella-WhiteOperations Consultant

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 One of the good things about my job is that it is very diverse and two days are rarely the same.

At the moment I am working with a group of young people, teaching them how to plan, shoot and edit a short film. I’m also working with a teacher training college exploring the use of visitor centres as a teaching resource.

I could be teaching forces to five year olds before lunch and hosting a stem cell debate with adults after lunch. It is a challenge to adapt your level of language and the team works to tight deadlines.

 I usually spend some time at my desk each day, answering emails and doing general administration. James StewartScience Communicator

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.

Kerrie HoranEngineer - Process There is no typical day in An Garda Síochána there is huge variety in the job. We could be doing anything from walking the beat to attending community meetings to visiting schools or being involved in the regular policing of the district which involve arrests, searches and interviewing. Niamh BriggsGarda

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.

Frank MorrisonRecruitment Manager

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.

Jonathan PugsleyEnergy Manager I currently work on a project, which is the installation of a complete new cement production line. The equipment to be procured, installed and commissioned range from simple belt conveyors to mills, kiln, homogenising and cooling systems. Every day would be structured depending on the tasks that need to be completed to contribute to the team's common goal, which is the completion of the project on time, within budget, safely and with adequate level of quality.

The tasks could range from resolving simple organisational issues on site to liasing between Designers, Contractors, Suppliers and other departments within the organisation. Natasha Ibanez Mechanical Engineer 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

8am: theoretical training session.

9am: preparing for 1st patient, i.e. preparing drugs, checking machines.

9am -17pm: perioperative anaesthetic care of patients in theatre.

Dr Jan SteinerAnaesthetist

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 The best thing about my job is that there is no such thing as a typical day. While most of my work is directly related to recruitment and selection, your tasks on Monday might be completely different to what you are doing on Wednesday. You have to balance the areas that demand your immediate attention, such as competition support with the longer term projects such as research. In any day you will consult with your colleagues, speak to assessors and candidates, carry out data analysis or design a new assessment tool. I find the training element of my job very rewarding. It is great working with a group for a day or two and seeing them get excited about the topic and develop the necessary skills. I also love the test design element. It is incredible to see candidates presenting on a scenario or situation that you helped design. It is also rewarding to work very closely with colleagues across the Public Appointments Service to deliver on a project or process. Aoife LyonsOccupational Psychologist There is no typical day in the sense that a knock on the door might mean a 30 second conversation or it might be a problem that would dominate the remainder of the week. The job entails huge interpersonal interaction, with a good deal of conflict management.

It involves a lot of administrative and organisational skills. It also provides opportunities for longer term planning and leadership.

The day starts at about and may not finish until late in the evening if there are Board meetings or meetings with the Parents Association. Paul MeanySchool Principal 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

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.

Liz O'TooleSkipper Apart from managing the compliance work for my clients, my day also generally involves some ad-hoc work such as assisting with a project, proposal or piece of advice. This work is normally undertaken as part of a team with a partner, director, manager and trainees. Most businesses differ therefore the tax advice we prepare for these businesses differs. This ensures that every day brings a new challenge and a new learning experience.

Before joining Deloitte I did wonder if I would spend my days photocopying and filing however, I have found that even as a trainee I have been given plenty of responsibility. 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. Anna Holohan Tax Trainee Written interview unavailable... Mary McCaugheyHead of Communications Further training... I have undertaken further training as part of my career.  In the last year I have participated in a FETAC Level 5 Course and I hope to do the courses on Activities of Living and Care Skills and any other courses that are provided by the Health Service. Lydia PeppardCare Assistant I took the postgraduate diploma in statistics and the PhD after my undergraduate course. For the next year I'm planning to focus on settling in here and learning as much as I can from my teaching experience.

After that I would like to take a formal course to improve my teaching. There is a qualification in Third Level Teaching and Learning offered in Ireland, and an International Teachers Programme abroad. Either of those would be super.

In the meantime DCU offer courses to support lecturers, so I will be taking those from January. I would also like to undertake a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development, the body for HR managers. DCU offers courses accredited by the CIPD and a lot of the members of my group have this qualification. It's not essential, but it is something I would like to do. Aoife Mc DermottLecturer I have recently qualified as an Accountant. As part of the required professional development with ACCA - I must continue to complete a certain numbers of hours in relation to accountancy. Gail SterioCorporate Accountant I would like to when I find the time! Fergal FeehelyApprentice Painter Decorator Engineering Course - 3 week basic course. This gives you the essentials. Alan O'NeillFisherman It has to be said that ESBI give excellent training. Along with mandatory in-house training, where ESBI engineers bring you up to speed on all aspects of power plants and their design and operation ESBI also provide great opportunities for external training, e.g. I have been on a training course in Amsterdam to upskill on gasification technology, I attended a conference in Pittsburgh to come up to speed with CO2 capture technologies etc. John HardingMechanical Engineer Besides inservice in both PE and Geography which I have taken and plan to do in the future I have no plans for further training at present. Mary JoyceSecondary School Teacher 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

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.

John SmithEngineer - Process I have developed my skills through the range of industries I have worked in within the EU, in the Industry Department on competition, and in External Relations. I also worked on Environment Policy and then with three separate Commissioners, all giving me the broad knowledge I needed to prepare me for taking top job as Secretary General. Catherine DaySecretary General One of the best things I like about my job is that every day I learn something new. As engineers we are continuously having our skill set ‘upgraded’, so ongoing training is almost a requirement. When I was employed by a multi-national corporation we had many engineers world wide who were experts in various fields, and we used in-house training sessions to improve our knowledge. Over the years I have also attended numerous international seminars, and industry gatherings. Each project that we work on always involves a research stage where we have to acquire a new piece of knowledge as we continue to develop cutting edge products. Shane CallananElectronic Engineer The Army encourages continual development and advancement in training. I intend on doing an NCO's course, advanced weapon training and more computer courses. There are plenty of courses that I intend on doing but most of all I plan for promotion. Louise Mc DonaldPrivate (Line) I would like to develop more into software programming and networking to further enhance my skills. Liam McCaulR&D Engineer As part of St Michael's house we are sent on training in various areas relevant to our job. These include First Aid, Manual Handling, Challenging Behaviour Training, Sexual Abuse Training, Training in Individual Personal Plans (which are each clients individual yearly goals) and Health and Safety training.

I personally have an interest in Bereavement Counselling and plan to undertake the course provided by this organisation when possible. Outside of work I am completing a Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling as it continues to be an area of special interest for me. Naoise PyeSocial Care Worker Written interview unavailable... Mary McCaugheyHead of Communications I have received training on the use of the interactive whiteboard as a tool for teaching. 

Inservice days on new (1999) primary school curriculum. 

I have participated in many courses on Gaelic Games run by the local G.A.A. Club 'Kilmacud Crokes'.

Currently I am studying in U.C.D. on a Masters in Education programme. Brian CadiganPrimary School Teacher I have undertaken courses in Professional Development every summer since I began teaching and I have recently applied for a Masters in Visual Arts Practices in Dun Laoighaire - which is a two year part time course. Padraig ParleTeacher - Special Needs 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 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.

Elaine McGarrigleMechanical Engineer I plan to start a course in psychology at Dublin Business School in January 2009. I am hoping that this course will help me gain a better understanding of people and business. Marie Kinsella-WhiteOperations Consultant Advice if considering this job I would advise any college student considering a career in tax to undertake a summer internship or placement in a firm offering tax services. I found this an excellent way to understand what a job in tax would actually involve. Researching careers in tax online also shows the endless and exciting opportunities that a tax qualification can offer. I have found the more I have learned about tax, the more I understand how varied roles in tax can be. Anna Holohan Tax Trainee This is a job that you must be really interested in to succeed in. At times the hours can be very long and the work can be very challenging. You must be prepared to put up with the hard work in order to get the real experience and career progress that the job can offer you. If you are not really interested in this work you will be letting yourself and your colleagues down. John Traynor Development Analyst To be an engineer, a person must firstly have a degree. Having an interest in what you are working at is always half the battle. Being technically minded is also a great benefit. John HardingMechanical Engineer 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 The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work. Lydia PeppardCare Assistant The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding. Mark MaguireApprentice Electrician 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 Within the building materials industry there are opportunities for people with very different backgrounds. Colm HoflerChemical Engineer Once you’re willing to listen, take advice and work hard there are many options for career paths / future development. Donal KanePlumber / Construction Super.

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

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 The best bit of advice I could give anyone thinking about going into dairy farming is to go out and get experience first hand on a farm. This way you will know if you enjoy it and have a passion to do it first hand. If you do then studying agriculture in school and then onto an ag college is a great foundation to get the required knowledge you will need in the future. Bryan DanielsFarmer - Dairy Work hard, push your boundaries, have belief in your abilities, set personal goals and seek feedback. For those who have not completed a college degree or third level education – seek a career path that will give you the opportunity to further your education and learning. Sarah TenantyFinance Operations Be prepared for responsibility and the rewards and problems that come with responsibility. It is very important to be comfortable making decisions and living with them. While it is impossible to be right all of the time the majority of decisions you make have to be correct. Michael BohaneQA Manager

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.

Brian HowardGuidance Counsellor I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better. Niamh BriggsGarda Some may think that you can go untrained into fishing. The best advice I would give people considering fishing as a profession is to get training. Fishing is an all encompassing career - when you need to go fishing, the rest of your life goes on hold unfortunately. It is very unpredictabe because you could be fishing non stop for three weeks and tied up for two. Alan O'NeillFisherman I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance. Afra RonayneMechanical Engineer This is a great career for challenging and strategic work, and also allows you a great opportunity to travel if that interests you. Andrew DunneSenior Tax Manager

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 The lifestyle The workload is massive but the job is rewarding. In a sense it is still a vocation. It also has great variety. I am also my own boss most of the time. The job is not paid as much as it should be for the work involved but it does allow me to have a lifestyle that I am happy with. Paul MeanySchool Principal 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

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.

Alan O'NeillFisherman I have a family so when I finish work my wife and I take some time to discuss what happened during the day and then we concentrate on our family - we have two young kids. Cosmin TudorRestaurant Manager I enjoy my work and I’m very happy with my decision to join An Garda Síochána.  Emilia GilroyGarda I would like to have more time for leisure & social activities!

The job is interesting but weekend work & early starts are to be expected in agriculture. Denis ReidyFarmer - Dairy Yes, the majority of the time. Donal KanePlumber / Construction Super. Yes. Colm HoflerChemical Engineer For me, the lifestyle suits me very well. Our working life is based on maximum time on versus maximum time off so it means that when I'm not working I can get things done. It's very useful for people with small children or simply for dropping the car to the garage.

There is excellent job security which means one less worry and one advantage of our roster is that I can tell for years to come when I'm on duty and when I'm off. Paul HardingPrison Officer

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!

Oisin McGrathLieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp 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 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 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, very much so. It gives you a great sense of security. There are many employment benefits such as paid holidays, health insurance and pension plans. The holidays are great, and my company is currently sponsoring me on a second masters. Denis CantyElectronic Engineer

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. 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, because of the fact that I am into sport, teaching allows me the time to ensure I can attend training sessions and games all the time. In relation to progression there is always plenty of areas that you can explore from a background in education. It is a very secure job. However, It would be impossible for me at the moment to buy a house in Dublin on my salary. Brian CadiganPrimary School Teacher

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!!

John SmithEngineer - Process My job is very flexible time-wise, which is good as I would definitely not describe myself as a morning person! It is also quite self-directed.

When I have deadlines, or when I’m feeling extra inspired/motivated, I work long hours, some evenings and weekends. In contrast, there are quieter periods where the working hours are not so rigid.

The travel to international conferences is also a great perk. I feel very lucky to do my job. Caitriona JackmanPlanetary Scientist

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.

Elaine SteiroFranchisee Whats cool My favourite thing about the job is helping others. There truly is nothing like the feeling that you've done something to make someone elses life just a little better. Emilia GilroyGarda There is a great team feeling in the Defense Forces and this is seen best in the sports activities that we engage in regularly including Gaelic, Soccer Orienteering and Golf. The fact that we regularly get to spend time in the open air doing physical activities as opposed to being stuck in an office block or call centre is one of the main reasons that I love my job. Time off is also very important and can be taken at your own desired time once requested. This is an aspect of my job that I find cool. Keith LynchPrivate (Line) Honestly, what I like the most about my job is the travel. I've visited some pretty "cool" locations while working for IA in CRH. It's great to get to see how businesses function in different places. Europe operates differently to the US. France and Spain are quite close geographically but they have different work ethics. Its really great to meet so many different people, experience many different cultures and business environments. It never gets boring. Claire Hanrahan Auditor 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

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.

Nicola O'HigginsFishmonger 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 Filling the boat with fish in one go. Alan O'NeillFisherman The HSE is a good place to work. As an organisation, it tends to "get hammered" by the press but these are usually very isolated incidents. It rarely gets credit for the majority of good things its' staff achieves.

Work within the HSE is usually very challenging and tends to keep you on your toes. You won't get bored. Due to its size, the chances of promotion are quite high if that's what you want.

However it never forces people in this direction. It supports staff through out their employment from a variety of different angles, i.e. in house training, support for further education, regular updates, staff development, appraisal if required, Occupational Health etc. Frank MorrisonRecruitment Manager It’s very interesting because no two days are the same so that’s good. You get a sense that you’re representing your own country and also you have the opportunity to develop a broader outlook on the world.

You also gain friendships with people from all over Europe that all have interesting things to say and as a result, have a very active social life. You’re never stuck for too long behind your desk either. Kevin KearyParliamentary Assistant 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

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.

Chloe KinsellaEngineer - Carbon My job in ESBI involves working in an exciting and dynamic industry with a lot of technical challenges, particularly in relation to climate change. I have been involved in a number of new and emerging technology projects on clean coal power plants, carbon capture technology and biofuels.

One of the best things about my current job is the people I work with, there are a lot of other young people working in my department and there are also plenty of experienced people who are very approachable and always on hand to give some advice and guidance.

The other great thing about my job is that I get an opportunity to travel with my job and have been to South Africa, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden and Pakistan in the last year. Afra RonayneMechanical Engineer Intel provide you with a very clear career development path and do their best to ensure that every employee is constantly improving. We also have a very relaxed atmosphere helped greatly by the casual dress code. It makes a 12 hour day a lot more comfortable! Rebecca TigheProcess Engineer Working with ESBI has given me great opportunities to travel, so far I have been in Norway, Amsterdam, Zurich, Saudi Arabia, UK and the US. Opportunities also exist to undertake a site placement abroad.

Working on site has been very enjoyable for me also as you get the opportunity to see how a power plant works first hand. John HardingMechanical Engineer The rewards of helping students to learn, and developing a positive relationship with them is definitely cool. The feeling that you are making a difference to their education and experience of school is also rewarding. Another cool part of the job is the long holidays! Paul GalvanResource Teacher Job satisfaction, the social element to work (with regular nights out, summer barbecue, and Christmas social), and security. The aspect I like most about my job is the constant challenge and change that it brings. There is a great team atmosphere. Denis CantyElectronic Engineer A good catch, especially when you catch more than a boat thats bigger than yours! When you’re able to fix a possibly life threatening problem out at sea, and continue fishing and you always have plenty of opportunities to do so. Fishing is continuously a test of one’s abilities, so when you are tested and come out successful, it’s good/cool. Liz O'TooleSkipper 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 opportunity to travel is one of the aspects definitely favoured. I also work with a group of really great people who rise to the challenge on a constant basis. Lynsey GarganManufacturing Engineer Working in a number of different quarry's, no day is the same. Marie O'DonovanEnvironmental Officer Not so cool 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 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 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 Changing timelines place additional pressures on the group. Sometimes this is necessary from a business perspective. Validation project deadlines can be pulled in a few days or weeks (sometimes at short notice) and so all the activities of the validation group need to be reassessed to meet the new date.

There can be an expectation that the group just has to figure out a way to get it done ("nothing is ever impossible to the guy who doesn't have to do it himself"). Somehow we always manage to get it done albeit with additional stress but that's one of the aspects I like about my job. Fergus O'ConnellQuality Officer Getting called in some weekends isn't always fun but you get recognised for it and so at the end of the day its not that bad and it doesn't happen too often Kerrie HoranEngineer - Process Nothing so far. Liam McCaulR&D Engineer 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 Meetings, although necessary to get the job done, can sometimes be boring. The Internet bubble: means the stock price doesn't rocket up like it used to. Jason RuaneComputer Programmer People constantly asking if you can get them cheaper car insurance! Karl CurranAssociate Director I have a fairly large client base, so they all tend to ask slightly different questions when looking at things, so this always means I have to be on my toes! But in saying that, this is still really challenging and means I am always learning! Joseph ConboyAssociate Director I definitely don’t like getting up at 5.30 on cold winter mornings and commuting to work. Peter CliffordProbationer Garda The hours can be tough at times. John Traynor Development Analyst Sometimes we have to work to specific tight deadlines, but although that can be challenging, it is also very rewarding. Andrew DunneSenior Tax Manager

The things I like least in my job would be:

Naoise PyeSocial Care Worker When we get it wrong and have an unsatisfied customer. Brenda O LoughlinFranchisee As much as the travelling is "cool", it is also "not so cool". You may be away from your family and friends when it is not suitable to be, for longer periods of time then you originally catered for. Some of the sites are away from cities so there may not be alot to do in the evenings, so all you might have to do from day to day is work. Louise LynchStructural Engineer Unfortunately not everyone understands the role of an Occupational Therapist and this can be frustrating at times. As OTs work in many different areas and with a diverse range of service users the role of an OT can be very different from one setting to another. This can lead to confusion for staff and service users as to when to contact the OT Dept. Tomas FlanaganOccupational Therapist Occasionally there can be an important deadline to meet that requires extra hours in the office but this is the exception rather than the norm. Anna Holohan Tax Trainee It takes a lot of time to learn the technical aspects of the industry. Colm HoflerChemical Engineer Not much to be honest, sometimes it can feel pressured to achieve results every hour, every day etc.... we have to watch every penny, all of the time. Elaine SteiroFranchisee

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