The final term is an ideal time for Transition Year and Fifth Year students to focus on some detailed career exploration. At this stage of the school year you will have undertaken lots of careers work in school so you will have a good idea of the many resources online to help you with your research at this stage.
The best way to approach your career exploration at this stage is to be as open as you can to the many possibilities available to you. Delve into a number of career sectors to look at the range of jobs that exist in each one. If you have a clear idea of what you might like to do after school, great, but don’t let that stop you from looking at lots of options as you may change your mind. If you don’t have an idea what you want to do at this stage don’t worry, that’s very normal. You have plenty of time to come up with ideas. My advice is start with yourself. It is likely that you have already done some self-assessment tests in school looking at your interests, skills, personality traits, aptitudes and so on. If not, you will find them on www.careersportal.ie, www.qualifax.ie, www.yooni.ie and on the Exit Entry App, which you can download to your phone. They help to get you thinking about options that might suit you but there isn’t one test that will give you the answer about what you want to do. They are a starting point in your research. Once you have an idea of career sectors that peak, delve in deeper to find out more.
Explore websites that are linked to particular sectors and start following them on social media. There are lots of them but some good examples include www.languagesconnect.ie, www.smartfutures.ie, www.engineersireland.ie, and www.tourismcareers.ie.
Attend virtual spring open days, taster days and career events in the colleges. There are several coming up in this term which are aimed at TY and Fifth Years. Check out the events calendar on www.qualifax.ie or www.careersportal.ie to plan ahead.
Watch, listen and chat! You are spoiled for choice with the multitude of webinars, podcasts and live Q&A sessions available online so while you have some spare time use it wisely to get informed. Sign up for the www.careernews.ie newsletter to get regular updates. Foróige have a great selection of career information webinars in 15 different career areas during April and May so check them out on social media.
Participate in online short courses which will enhance your CV and help you to get an insight into possible career options. Exit Entry has partnered with IBM and P-TECH Ireland to bring four industry-recognised digital badges which are accredited in areas such as cybersecurity and visual design. A national competition will be launched on April 19 to encourage students to complete the badges on the Exit Entry App. It also has a section with virtual work experience opportunities. MTU Crawford College Art and Design is offering a free TY Portfolio Preparation course for anyone interested in art from tomorrow (Monday) to Friday 23.
Keep a record of your research by creating a folder on your phone for links, questions, courses of interest, so you can keep track of all the options that appeal to you.
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Chance to win a house in Killarney and support Kerry GAA
The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney . Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams. The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built […]
The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney
Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams.
The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built to modern energy standards, it represents a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved at a cost of €100 which will go a long way to supporting Kerry GAA.
“As a volunteer-based organisation, we have always had to fundraise to support our teams and clubs. We are delighted to be in a position to have a dream house available for a lucky winner,” Kerry GAA PRO Leona Twiss.
“While only one person can win the house, there will be plenty of cash prizes and match tickets to be won along the way. The sooner you purchase your ticket, the better chance you will have at winning those additional prizes.”
To enter the draw visit: https://www.kerrygaa.ie/winahouseinkerry/
More great choices for large shrubbery
Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space. I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some […]
Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space.
I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some more great choices for the large shrubbery.
The bottlebrush, or Callistemon, is named appropriately for the shape of its flowers which are bottle-brush like spikes of many small flowers with long stamens, giving it that brush like appearance. Usually red, they are also available in yellow and pink. They flower in summer and into autumn adding a lovely splash of colour. Their leaves are hard and spiky with arching branches. Cut them back immediately after flowering or they will not flower the following year. If they do grow out of hand, they will tolerate a hard cut back.
Ceanothus, or the Californian lilac, is an often evergreen shrub bearing dark blue flowers. There are several sizes from the low creeping C. repens, to the tree like proportions of C. thyrsiflorus. An ideal candidate for the large border is C. ‘Gloire de Versailles’, which has large blue flowers from July to the end of autumn, (deciduous), or C. ‘Southmead’ which has dark blue flowers in early spring (semi-evergreen), or C. ‘Blue Mound’ which has deep blue flowers (evergreen). I find with all ceanothus that their flowering times seem to be very weather dependant!
Forsythia is a large common shrub which flowers early in spring before the leaves appear. I mention it as it seems to have gone out of fashion completely, though it adds such a fantastic yellow brightness in those dark February days.People often complain that it either grows out of all proportions or that it does not flower. If pruning, do so immediately after flowering. ‘Golden Nugget’ is possibly one of the smaller varieties at a natural five foot.
An unusual, but well worth finding plant is the Sorbus reducta. It is a low 1-1.5m type of mountain ash, with all the great features of its larger tree relatives! It forms a thicket – yes, it does sucker, but does not take over, has white flowers followed by dark red berries which fade to a creamy colour. Like most mountain ashes, its autumn colour is blazing!
Butterfly bushes, buddleja, are a much maligned plant as it can self seed and become a bit of a nuisance. However, it does not really self seed much in gardens where the conditions are not ideal, (ideal conditions – derelict, dry, stony waste land). Most cultivated varieties are sterile, so there is no reason to avoid them! B. colvilei is a very unusual variety, being semi-evergreen with large panicles of tubular dark pink flowers – these clusters can reach up to 20cm. B. davidii is the common butterfly bush and is available in a range of colours such as ‘Black Knight’, deep, deep purple, ‘Empire Blue’, blue flowers with orange centre, ‘Royal Red’, deep pink/maroon. One of my favourites is ‘Harlequin’ which has variegated leaves. There is a range of smaller butterfly bush available too; the ‘buzz’ series.
These remain compact, up to 1m, however their flowers are not quite as impressive! To remedy that, plant breeders have come up with a new variety – the ‘Rocketstar’ series. I have only just planted one, but it promises a diminutive 80cm with the same large flowers as large varieties have. If this plant does what its creators claim, it will certainly be a hit in my garden!
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