Ability (Aptitude) Tests
These tests aim to assess your abilities to use specific job related skills and to predict subsequent job performance. Please visit Ability (Aptitude) Tests for more information
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In life, generally people want to do what they are good at. Many individuals are unaware of their skills, attributes, qualities and value they have and how these relate to their work. It is very important to plan a career and understanding yourself and what you have to sell to employers is an integral part of this process. Visit the section on Self-Assessment . Through completing a self-assessment, individuals will avoid under-selling themselves and be more aware of what skills they have.
For learning styles questionnaire please visit http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire or http://www.shannonlearning.ie/
www.linkedin.com is a professional networking site through which employers are actively recruiting. There are tutorials ant tools to assist you in creating your profile, joining groups, searching for industry links, researching organisations, preparing for interview and building up links in your sector. On-line tutorials are available at LinkedIn Digital Resource
Example:Social Care CV
Connect to the Alumni - Establishing LinkedIn Alumni Connections
CVs - top tips
Steps in creating a CV
1. Conduct a Self-Assessment
2. Complete a Skills Sheet
3. Read the section on How employers shortlist CVs
4. Your CV should be your own, personal, and a little bit different.
5. Customise your CV for the job you are applying for - make sure you have a full job description.
6. Use formal Language
7. Generally employers seek
8. Throughout you CV and letter of application use Positive Action Words
Upload your CV : https://www.adzuna.co.uk/jobs/value-my-cv/upload
To demonstrate your work (particularly designers, web-developers etc) you should consider creating an e-portfolio. It will also be essential to build a community around you and promote your portfolio to relevant individuals and groups. For more details please visit the section on e-portfolios
Please visit link on How to find work
Recruitment Web-sites and Resources
You can visit Current Vacancies advertised on the IT Tralee web-site and at
There are many resources available to assist you in looking for a job. Take a look at the careers office hand out on . Also visit on-line resources such as choosing an employer , job descriptions , what jobs would suit me and labour market information . Additional resources are at Jobs web-sites and links
Working Freelance -The Gobalisation of work
Mary Carty speaks about promoting your services/products and working as a freelancer in her podcast on 'Bridging Business Strategy and the Arts'. This is relevant to all sectors: http://marycarty.com/thankyou/
The idea that motivated individuals can work from any where and compete for free-lance work is growing. There are many resources on the topic http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19476254 and websites which promote this concept:
Labour Market Information
• Take a look at the sector you wish to work in.
• Identify key roles of interest and individuals in these roles. Approach individuals for an information interview.
• Begin to develop skills needed in the roles/sector you hope to work in
• Volunteer - get involved in community/industry projects to develop skills
• Secure a mentor for advice and to identify skills gaps you may have
• Begin to fill your CV with key skills you have developed
Finally check www.gradireland.com for graduate positions
Also visit section on Online resources
Firstly be aware of How employers shortlist CVs . This will assist you focus on what the employer requires and how you can meet these requirement. Read the section on Preparation for Interview to build your confidence. Also be aware of the importance of First Impressions . Understand how prepare to for Answering Questions and the importance of Concluding the Interview by making an impression.
Further Study Interviews
When preparing for postgraduate or other study read specific information on Further Study Interviews
Finally remember to use Positive Action Words throughout your interview.
Practice, Practice, Practice! Complete as many mock interviews with friends, lecturers, family as possible.
Firstly visit the handout on Ability Tests and also visit on-line resources below:
Please visit the interview techniques DVD up on WebCT
Also visit the following resources:
Details of IT Tralee Research Masters Scholarships
There are many options open to level 8 honours degree holders. Firstly understand your motivations and read the section on Why study at postgraduate level? http://postgradireland.com/advice-and-funding/funding and postgradireland .
Take a look at Institute of Technology Postgraduate Courses .
Specific areas maybe of interest to you such as or Research
1. Secondary Teacher Training
Teaching is a popular occupation for graduates. You should contact secondary schools and request an opportunity to shadow a teacher for 1-10 days. Alternatively you may get some supervisory work. This will assist your teaching application.
Forms available to register with the teaching council are available at:
It is important that you contact the Teaching Council for information on registration at: http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/
Changes in Secondary Teacher Training
**Please note that if students wish to apply through the PAC system for the Professional Masters in Education at http://www.pac.ie/ **
This Masters is a two year course
2. Primary School Teaching
Each year a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is delivered subject to approval by the Department of Education. Details of training colleges and other information is available at Primary School Teacher Training .
You should contact secondary schools and request an opportunity to shadow a teacher for 1-10 days. Alternatively you may get some supervisory work. This will assist your teaching application.
It is possible to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Ireland if you have a minimum of a Leaving Certificate grade C in the higher paper.
It is also possible to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in the UK without the honours Irish, however you will have to complete an Irish test once you return to Ireland to teach.
3. Adult and Further Education Teaching/Tutoring
Please note that in order to be eligible to register as a teacher with the Council in the Further Education Sector up to and including 01 April 2013, a person must hold a qualification at degree or equivalent level. The Council considers a qualification equivalent to a degree to be one that has been awarded following a course of three years full time or equivalent part-time study and must contain 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The qualification must also be placed on the Irish National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) as a Level 7 or Level 8 major award.
- For those making application after 01 April 2013, the requirement will be to hold a primary degree or equivalent (not less than Level 8 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits AND a Council approved qualification in post-primary (first year to sixth year) or Further Education Teacher education OR
- An ordinary degree or equivalent (not less than Level 7 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits; AND
(i) an appropriate additional qualification; or
(ii) certified accreditation of prior learning based on a minimum of three years experience in a workplace or instructional setting which is relevant to the candidate’s qualifications such as may be recognised by the Teaching Council as suitable for the purpose of registration as a teacher
AND a Council approved qualification in post-primary (first year to sixth year) or Further Education Teacher education. A list of accredited teacher education qualifications (further education) can be viewed here http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/Teacher-Education/Initial-Teacher-Education/Providers-of-Initial-Teacher-Education/ and example is the Grad. Dip. In Adult & Further Education in
Adult Education Providers
Every year thousands of Irish Students choose to travel away for the summer to experience different cultures and open their minds to a new way of life. The earlier you begin planning for your post-graduation job, the better off you will be. Keep an eye out for internships, study abroad programs, foreign contacts, and extracurricular activities. You can contact the International Office by email: email@example.com .
Please visit resources below (supplied by DIT & AHECS)
TEFL : http://www.acels.ie/
The Careers Office has developed a number of resources:
Visit the link on Career Paths for occupations linked to your course
Also see a session on identifying employability skills http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cDfh2u1y3g
and Online resources
Volunteering Opportunities are available at http://www.studentvolunteer.ie/ and