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Having trouble on the dating front? You might want to think about making a career move.

Popular dating app, Happn, have analysed data from their 1.7 million users to find out what career paths are most likely to lead you to the guy or gal of your dreams.

The research found that users were more likely to be attracted to a woman who worked in marketing, as a nurse, or designer.

For the guys, doctors, engineers, investment analysts, bankers and teachers were deemed the most desirable jobs.

Although some of the most popular answer differed for men and women, both genders agreed on one thing – lawyers are hot AF. 

Yep, both male and female singletons said they found lawyer to be the most attractive career. 

So, what makes lawyers so attractive?

Is it their Intelligence? Their charm?

Nah, we're guessing it's probably the suits to be honest.  


Dublin Bus launches its Give It a Spin female recruitment campaign on August 20. They want to recruit 50 new female drivers and are calling on women to have a go and drive a bus!

Dublin Bus saw its first all-female class of drivers graduate in 2016 and are now hoping for more gals to join their team.

They will be hosting a series of female driver recruitment open days so why not head along and see if this could be the job for you?


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You will even get a chance to drive a bus on the day, with the help of professional driving instructors. 

The first open day will be held on Saturday, August 24. If this date doesn’t suit you don’t worry they will be holding more open days.

On the day you can meet some of their current female drivers and inspectors who will share their personal experiences of working with Dublin Bus.

You will also get a tour of the Central Control centre, hear about the benefits of working for Dublin Bus and the team will go through the recruitment process with you.

Applicants must hold a valid category B (car) licence for a minimum of two years. All you need to do is email opendays@dublinbus.ie to register your interest. They’ll email you with the details.


Nowadays you're supposed to have your life sorted as soon as you exit the womb.

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating but the pressure is on as a 20-odd-year-old to have your career path chosen, your relationship golden and your life stable.

So it was beyond refreshing when we had a chat with actor Simon Delaney, who said he didn't have his sh*t together until the age of 28.


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Talking to SHEmazing, he explained all the different careers he wanted to pursue before he caught the acting bug.

"I don't think I had a clue until I was about 28 – I really hadn’t got a clue – I just kinda ambled and arsed my way through my teens and my twenties."

"I wanted to be a bus driver, I wanted to be a chef and then somehow I ended up as an actor…how did that work out?" he humbly questioned.


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Although once Simon did forge the acting path, he did have a lot of aspirations for his career – and most of his dreams have come true.

"A lot of my wishes have come true, you know I always wished when I became an actor that I could appear on the West End and I have done that."

"I’ve worked in Hollywood, I have done movies, TV series – I’ve been very lucky, so I suppose most of my wishes have been granted."


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Besides his career, Simon revealed that even in his twenties he knew he wanted to be a parent.

"I was lucky enough to meet Lisa…and two houses and four kids later, here we are. So my wishes were granted and I thank God every night.

"Every night when I am picking toys off the floor and wiping dirty arses, I thank god that my wishes came true," he joked- AWH, bless.

Given his good fortune, when One4all asked Simon to hop aboard their Christmas appeal to grant three lucky people their festive wishes, he didn't hesitate. 

Talking about the competition where One4all ask people around Ireland to submit their Christmas wishes, he said: "I think it’s a gorgeous campaign". 

Last year, people entered their wishes in their thousands and three lucky people were granted their wishes.

"This year they are doing the same and they have until November 27 to pop onto the One4all website to send in their Christmas wish. And you know what, Santa just might grant it," explained Simon.

Whether its reuniting with a long-distance loved one, making that special someone smile with an unforgettable yuletide surprise, or asking the love of your life to be yours forever, Simon and One4all want to hear from you.

So what are you waiting for? Go and fill out that form.


While we tend to think of celebrities as those who have dedicated their all to the pursuit of what made them famous, in truth, a great many of them are not quite so single-minded.

Sometimes these jobs were first sought before they got famous. Other times these celebs pursued side-projects despite success in whatever made them famous.

Whatever the case, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some celebrities who would have had very different careers if their first plans hadn’t worked out.

Terry Crews

Originally finding success in professional football, retirement left this lovable giant at a loss of what to do with the rest of his working life.

Far from being the cliché jock, Terry showed immense talent in painting.

Sometimes working for commission from his former teammates, and at other times holding a variety of jobs like his brief stint as a courtroom sketch artist, Crews showed that he has a lot more to offer than just his charisma and undeniable handsomeness.

Mayim Bialik

Many of our older readers might recognise her as the lead character in Blossom, though more recently she has seen immense success in The Big Bang Theory sitcom.

Apparently not happy to being relegated to intellectualism on the screen, Mayim spent no short amount of time as a celeb seeking a degree and life of scientific pursuit.

Now having earned a PhD in neuroscience, Mayim stands as one of the few actors who doesn’t just mirror the intelligence of one of her most famous characters, she exceeds it.

Nick Offerman

Best known as the libertarian hard-ass with the heart of gold in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, his character’s affinity for woodworking was more than just theatrical.

A highly skilled and successful carpenter in his own right, Nick still finds work crafting in his own time, finding it helps him balance and give him another creative outlet.

While he commonly builds furniture, his speciality is wooden canoes, which as we all know, is the most outdoorsy thing to build since a stone tied to a stick.

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Christopher Lee

This is one of the most famous vampire actors of all time, and a modern household name as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Not just a badass in the magical or bloodsucking sense, the late Lee also served his country during the Second World War.

Tasked with tracking down war criminals, Lee was notoriously tight-lipped about his time in the Special Forces, though occasionally his experience would pay off in his later acting career.

While filming Lord of the Rings, Lee was being directed by Peter Jackson in how to act following being stabbed in the back.

Lee famously responded with “Have you any idea what kind of noise happens when somebody’s stabbed in the back? Because I do.”

We could write a book on the wide range of interesting careers which celebrities have held in the past and who knows, we just might.

Who are your favourite celebrities with surprising former careers and backstories of their own? Let us know below.



Looking for a bit of career inspo? Your star sign might have answer

Ever feel like you were born to do a certain job? Well the chance are that you were! Your perfect, most compatible job is just written in the stars.

Don’t believe us? Well we have a list of your dream jobs right here for some serious career inspiration!

Aquarius (January 20- February 19)

The naturally critical Aquarius are perfect for the technology and science industries. They like working on their own and always seem to be two steps ahead of everyone else. Think theoretical physicist for your ultimate dream job!



Pisces (February 19- March 20)

Pisces, while the can navigate a number of creative jobs with ease, are happiest when helping others. They’re well suited to the healthcare professions, but still need to have that le way for their creative side like psychology or psychotherapy.

Aries (March 20- April 19)

Competition and physical endurance is what life is all about for an Aries. They’re natural born leaders and are great motivators. You guessed it- your top career pick is personal trainer! Go get your sweat on!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The Taurus are steady, hard-working folk that always give their 100%. They’re also lovers of beauty and the finer things in life, making luxury sales or fashion the perfect fit!

Gemini (May 21-June 19)

Gemini’s thrive in fast-paced, ever-changing environments. The idea of predictable desk job is hell to them, they need to be on their feet and putting out fires. Public Relations is perfect for the fast-thinking, fast-talking Gemini- you can be guaranteed that no two days are the same!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Tradition and nurturing are very important to the Cancer sign. They’re usually the ‘mum’ of every friend group, and naturally gravitate towards these caring roles in their work life as well. Their compassionate nature is perfect for social workers.

Leo (July 23- August 22)

Leo the lions nad the ruler of the jungle, they’re perfect leaders in the human world as well. Confident and opinionated, they want to change the world- and will stop at nothing to do it. Start with politics and work your way up, Leo, who knows you could even be the next President!

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

You’re all about attention to detail, Virgo! They have amazing memory and are extreme perfectionists. Great with facts and statistics, they would make great detectives- think the next Sherlock Holmes!

Libra (September 23- October 22)

Libra’s are people people, they’re all about balance and making sure that everyone is happy. With a love of aesthetics, they would be ideal wedding planners. No one better than a Libra to calm a stressed bride AND sort out those pesky table arrangements in one swoop!

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

Scorpio’s love a challenge and often thrive in high-pressure situations. Intense and logical, they would be perfect in the most stressful of situations- Surgery. Afterall, what’s more stressful than holding someone’s life in your hands?

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

A Sagittarian will dream big and travel far. They love exploring new places and diverse cultures so being constantly on the move is something that they crave. Tourism and hospitality are perfect for this adventurous fire sign.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Capricorn’s are driven by achievements, they like to she their accomplishments standing tall- literally. Their dedication and creative spirit make them ideal architects and designers. Reach for the sky(scrapers).

So whether your career path is to break that glass ceiling at senior management level or to work part time from home – your star sign can guide you.


Here at SHEmazing, there's little we admire more than people who make a name for themselves in the industry they're truly passionate about.

Constantly invigorated and galvanised by entrepreneurial, innovative and trailblazing women around the country, we knew we needed to honour those who have made an impact in their chosen field at the inaugural SHEmazing HP Awards this month.

And when it comes to trailblazers in this country, they don't come much bigger or brighter than director of Inglot Ireland, Jane Swarbrigg.

So, it's no real surprise that the innovative businesswoman took home our Trailblazer of the Year Award at this month's ceremony in the Mansion House which attended by some of the country's leading entreprenuers.

The Westmeath woman's contribution to the world of beauty and cosmetics cannot be overestimated, and having launched her first store alongside her mother and brother ten years ago, Jane is now director of nine stores nationwide.

Working her way up the career ladder, Jane showed determination and vision, and after completing a PR and event management course, she worked as a visual merchandiser before opening her first Inglot store in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in 2007.

"It’s been as much an incredible journey of personal growth, as well as success in business," Jane recently said when reflecting on the last decade.

And as for her big win?

"I honestly couldn’t believe it! I was up against some incredible women like Pippa O'Connor and Marissa Carter, both of whom I have always looked up to."

"While I have the chance, I want to thank all the #inglotaddicts who voted for me – the Inglot army was out in force on this one," Jane added.

Congratulations, Jane!


Shift work is tough in anyone's language.

For anyone who works irregular hours, that feeling you're out of step with the rest of the world is all too palpable at times.

But, unfortunately, the downsides to shift work don't stop there.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Uppsala University, working shifts can result in cognitive impairment meaning that shift workers find it more difficult to retain information, concentrate and make decisions.

Commenting on the findings of their reseach, Dr Christian Benedict said: "Our results indicate that shift work is linked to poorer performance on a test that is frequently used to screen for cognitive impairment in humans."

But if you think opting out of shift work will immediately restore cognitive function to its former glory, this is, unfortunately, not the case.

"The poorer performance was only observed in current shift workers and those who worked shifts during the past five year.In contrast, no difference was observed between non-shift workers and those who had quit shift work more than five years ago."

"The latter could suggest that it may take at least five years for previous shift workers to recover brain functions that are relevant to the performance on this test," he added.

How uplifting…



A high-pressure working environment can be one of the leading contributors to stress levels, and in turn can take a toll on your physical and mental health.

Or at least that’s what we thought?

Well, a recent study from Indiana University revealed that those of us with stressful careers are actually around 30 per cent less likely to die young than our chilled out peers.

But, there’s a catch. It all depends on whether or not you have control over your own workload.

Researchers surveyed thousands of working professionals in their 60s about their work life, and the results showed that those who had the ability to control their own workload were 34 per cent less likely to have died.  

Head researcher, Erik Gonazlez-Mule, had this to say about the results:  

‘‘These findings suggest that stressful jobs have clear negative consequences for employee health when paired with low freedom in decision making, while stressful jobs can actually be beneficial to employee health if also paired with freedom in decision making.’’

‘’When you don’t have the necessary resources to deal with a demanding job, you do this other stuff. You might eat more, you might smoke, you might engage in some of these things to cope with it.’’

So, if you’re lucky enough to have a high-pressure job that also allows you to make your own decisions, get ready for a long and healthy life. 


Extroverts are typically viewed as being outgoing and socially confident, while an introvert is considered shy and reticent.

And while many believe being a gregarious person will give you a boost up in the business world, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Over the past ten years, scientists have been studying CEOs and through careful observation found that introverts make the most successful business people.

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The CEO Genome Project analysed 2,000 CEOs and studied their career history, business results and behavioural patterns.

Researchers found that while being an extrovert is seen as a good thing in business, it was the introverts that came out on top.

“We’ve been struck by how few of the successful leaders we’ve encountered fit [the] profile,” said CEO Genome Project founder, Elena Lytkina Botelho, to the Harvard Business Review.

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“Our analysis revealed that while boards often gravitate toward charismatic extroverts, introverts are slightly more likely to surpass the expectations of their boards and investors.”

While having a lot of confidence and an out-going personality may double your chances of getting to the top, researchers found that an extroverted personality “provides no advantage in performance on the job”.

So, to break it all down, the most successful leaders have one (or more) of these four behavioural characteristics:

  • The ability to make decisions quickly and with conviction
  • Being insightful and focused on delivering business results
  • Being highly adaptable and open to change
  • Delivering steady and reliable results, as opposed to irregular peaks of success

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Introverts rely on their traits (their inner reserve, composure, calmness, awareness of others, cautiousness, sensitivity and good listening skills) to get work done carefully and successfully.

However, Elena noted that there's certainly no "one size fits all," and these introverted skills can be easily learned.


We all have good and bad days in work – that's a given.

There are, however, some professions which really know how to bring it on the stress front.

From looming deadlines and inordinate demands to physical hazards and the risk of death, some career moves aren't for the fainthearted, and job opportunity website CareerCast has gotten busy compiling a list of the ten most stressful ones out there.

According to their survey, a round of applause is needed for anyone who is currently employed in any one of the following ten jobs.

10. Broadcaster

9. Taxi driver

8. Public relations executive

7. Corporate executive

6. Newspaper reporter

5. Event coordinator

4. Police officer

3. Airline pilot

2. Firefighter

1. Enlisted military personnel

Oh, and if we're giving props to those who have taken on any of the above, let's doff our caps to the lads and ladies who 'apparently' had the sense to choose a job which eventually made its way on to CareerCast's Least Stressful Jobs of 2017 list.

Take it away, lads…

10. Medical Laboratory Technician

9, Pharmacy Technician

8. Operations Research Analyst

7. Jeweller

6. Medical Records Technician

5. University Professor

4. Audiologist

3. Hair stylist

2. Compliance Officer

And the least stressful job for 2017?

1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Hmmm… we're sure the good folk working these gigs will have something to say about that…



Let's face it, one of the easiest ways to initiate a rip-roaring debate among your peers is to question the validity of the Irish language in modern society, and watch as normally mild-mannered people dig their heels in and argue the toss over the first official language of the Republic.

While a number of us admit we barely have cúpla focal after 12 years learning the language, others insist it's up to us to keep the Irish language alive – a difference of opinion which really came to the fore on social media over the past week.

With 62 Irish-language translator positions currently available with the EU, Publicjobs took to Facebook to remind potential candidates that the deadline for these 'well remunerated positions' was looming, and it's definitely rubbed a number of people up the wrong way.

Commenting on the position which boasts a salary of approximately €52,000 per year, one Facebook user wrote: "Waste of money that could be well spend somewhere else,"

"What's the point, we speak English in Ireland everywhere – schools, work, pubs, doctors, hospitals…unless everyone starts speaking Irish, it is a total waste of money on translations."

"The Irish language is an integral part of our heritage," argued another. "Although it is not as widely spoken as I would like it to be I hear the cúpla focal spoken almost every day at work. I think it's very important to do everything we can to keep it alive."

Cited as a 'great entry point into different careers within the European Union', social media users have taken umbrage with the suggestion that those fluent in the language will have better options in the future.

"Only problem is the people who get the jobs will be connected and have the pull. A lot of the best candidates won't be considered because of their background," argued another.

Insistent that the debate has more to do with the actual job and less to do with the language, another wrote; "It's not about reading and speaking Irish"

"It's about paying people to do a pointless job; no Irish MEP needs anything translated into Irish, since they all speak fluent English. That is a cynical abuse of EU taxpayer's money."

The post has been inundated with comments since it was published last week with debate continuing to rage on Facebook today.