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 John Oliver from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

John Oliver

Engineer - Development

Hewlett-Packard

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  John Oliver
Your education should be in mostly the areas of science and engineering. You should have an interest in solving problems. Design skills would be of benefit. You should have your own initiative and have the confidence to present information and results in front of a technical or management team on a regular basis. You need to communicate with a wide range of people both within the Irish site and world-wide to get the job done. You need to be willing to ask questions and be in charge of your own development.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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