Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Rebecca Tighe from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rebecca Tighe

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  Rebecca Tighe
Engineering in general is an extremely broad career and can lead to you many different applications and many different parts of the world. Itís also a career which can give you a set of skills highly adaptable to other careers. In Intel the same applies. Day to day the job changes so being able to change with the job is important. Make sure you are adaptable and can apply your skills in many different situations.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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About Us is Ireland’s National Career Guidance resource, providing the most up-to-date and relevant guidance materials to those needing or providing career guidance.

Note to former users of CareerDirections (FAS / SOLAS)

The site was officially launched by the Minister for Education and Science in April 2008. It was relaunched by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD in 2014, in celebration of its new look and mobile compatibility. was developed as a direct response to a report generated by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) in 2006, which recommended that: a single careers portal website should be developed to provide information to a range of different user groups each with different guidance requirements.

The site has become an integral tool for guidance professionals throughout the country. It is supported by both public and private organisations, towards the dissemination of the most update information about careers and courses across all sectors of the economy. has grown hugely, both in content, and in its user base since its launch in 2008 and is now receiving over 2.3 million page impressions a month.

About Us ... in others' words

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The site provides up-to-date and relevant guidance materials to a growing range of user groups:

  • 2nd Level School Students
  • Early School Leavers
  • College Students and Graduates
  • Adult Learners and Jobseekers
  • Parents and Guardians
  • Guidance Professionals 

Comprehensive up to date information is provided FREE on the following areas specifically targeted at these communities: 

  • Career File - Users of are encouraged to create a personal Career File to assist in managing their Career Development. Users sign up to create their file and are provided with:

    • Self-Assessment Tools - enabling a user to find out how their interests, personality, skills etc. can tie-in with various different courses and careers.  A free 8 page Career Report, which includes job and course matching, can be generated and printed.
    • Course and Career tagging – users can create shortlists of courses and occupations which are stored for further exploration.
    • Career NotePad – an online notepad can be used to store any information found useful as part of the user’s research or planning, e.g. cover letters, CVs and contacts information.
  • Employment Sectors - 33 career sectors are reviewed and analysed, highlighting the skills shortages in the individual sector, the occupation types employed, associated educational courses and sector news.  All this information is supported by engaging video material where available.
  • Occupational Database – over 1000 occupations across all career sectors are profiled; information is provided on typical tasks and activities undertaken in the position, skills required, salary information, various entry routes and the educational qualifications and pathways are outlined. Users can search directly for jobs in these occupations. Video profiles are also provided wherever possible.
  • Employer Profiles are presentedwithin the various career sectors; their employment policies and procedures are outlined, how they recruit for their organisation is explained and what they look for in new employees revealed.
  • Jobholder Interviews – hundreds of people employed in Ireland are interviewed about the choices they have made in their careers, the education they have received, their current job, what it involves and their advice to others interested in this area. also links to another 1000+ career interviews across the internet.
  • Education and Training opportunities are outlined along with details on where to find courses that match a user’s interests and career aspirations. A searchable database of PLC (Post Leaving Cert) and CAO courses is available with links to detailed course information on individual college websites and Qualifax (the National Learners Database) provided where available.
  • Progression Routes – provides detailed information on available progression routes from FETAC to CAO courses along with a FETAC Points Calculator to assist in determining eligibility for individual courses.
  • Labour Market Statistics - The most up to date Labour Market Information is provided and integrated across all sectors and occupations, clearly indicating where the jobs in demand are now or are likely to be in the future.
  • Jobs/Current Vacancies – within the occupational database we link to current job vacancies across 5 popular jobsites. We also carry daily news stories on any new job announcement and provide links directly to those vacancies where available.
  • Parents and Guardians - we have produced a comprehensive section for parents and guardians to support their students in making informed career and college decisions including a section which answers all the most commonly asked questions.
  • Guidance Professionals –comprehensive support resources and lesson plans are provided in the guidance section of the site which are entirely free for the guidance community to use. We have also recently developed a new FETAC points calculator to further enhance this support.
  • Teaching Resources for Career Guidance Professionals include a range of worksheets  designed for use in the classroom / consultation room and our senior cycle guidance programme (REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme)
  • Subject Choice - a comprehensive section is  available on the site on choosing subjects both at Junior and Senior Cycle. We have created a number of subject specific videos which highlights the subject details and how each subject links to different  careers. We also brings together information from the NCCA, SEC, and other useful resources.
  • WorkXperience – a free service that allows employers throughout Ireland to advertise work placements to Transition Year, LCVP, LCA, Leaving Cert and FETAC students. It includes a full school management and tracking system for teachers, along with a range of resources for Students, Teachers, Parents, and Employers participating in the programme. 
  • National Career Skills Competition - We also run the National Careers Skills Competition where students complete a career investigation which is linked to their work experience placement.
CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service

What is Guidance?

Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society.” (National Guidance Forum Report 2007)

CareersPortal provides a professional guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions.

This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

To book an appointment contact Bernadette Walsh at or phone: 01-209 0797. All guidance counsellors are fully qualified professionals and current members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Note: This is a fee paying appointment service. We cannot provide individual guidance advice by telephone.

REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme - 2nd Level

REACH+ is a comprehensive career and college preparation programme, spanning TY through to 6th year. It uses classroom based learning using student workbooks, as well as web based learning on the REACH+ section of the CareersPortal website. Optimal use of the programme is realised when both workbooks and online tools are used.

The programme is activity based – learning by doing. It encourages class interaction, co-operative learning and reflective thinking. It has been designed to be engaging – using questionnaires, inventories, action plans, assignments and supporting videos.

The programme is made up of over 50 topics spanning the requirements of most school guidance programmes. Many topics have corresponding lesson plans, drawn up by Guidance Counsellors, to assist in delivering the key learning outcomes.

REACH+ additionally supports the teaching of TY, LCA, LCVP and ICT programmes in schools. Students are encouraged to record their progress throughout the programme, and information stored online is accessible to Guidance Counsellors through their own private ‘Administration’ area. From within this area, a students’ progress over a range of topics can be easily monitored and tracked. Reports can be viewed or printed as required.

Participation in the programme involves the purchase of workbooks by students. Students require just one workbook to cover senior cycle (2 - 3 years depending on whether they take TY). The online administration is only available to schools participating in the programme, and is free.

The programme is now in its 4th year of operation and has over 400 participating schools.

About REACH+ ... in others' words

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REACH+ Training

The REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme is currently based in over half of second level schools nationwide. Setting up the programme in the school and the provision of training and support is provided completely free of charge to Guidance Counsellors (students purchase the programme)

We are now accepting REACH+ orders for the new academic year. If you would like training on the programme before the end of this school year please e-mail your school and contact details to and we will organise dates and venues.

CareersPortal Training

The CareersPortal team provides practical training on the best use of the resources. This training is intended as a support to all guidance professionals and tutors and trainers so that they are best equipped to support their learners, jobseekers and clients.

Workshops for Teachers in Colleges of Further Education are also available with a particular emphasis on relevant materials in Career Planning and Preparation and Work Experience programme delivery.

Training provision:

  • A full overview of CareersPortal website from a jobseeker, adult learner, and guidance perspective is provided
  • Groups of up to 18 people is recommended
  • Computer access is useful as these sessions are both interactive and presentation based
  • A resource pack is provided to all participants

For more information contact Bernadette Walsh, Education & Guidance Liaison Manager, CareersPortal. Phone: 01-2090797 or e-mail: