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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sinead Kenny

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Smart Futures

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  Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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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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Changing Jobs / Careers


Thinking about changing your job or career direction?

Most people these days will change jobs from time to time - perhaps because they are made redundant, or  because the job no longer satisfies them, or they see a new, more interesting opportunity.

There are lots of things to consider. Firstly, are you absolutly sure you want to change? And if so, do you want a job that is a continuation of your existing career direction, or do you want to do something completly different?

Have you considered what type of employment you would look for - fulltime, job sharing, maybe self employment? Our section on Changing Jobs provides a guide to some of the challenges and decisions that are part of the process of change in your career.

To explore these options, go to our section on Changing Job


  Hint: Smart Futures
I have become one of the "Science Ambassadors" for Discover Science and Engineering. This just involves doing random pieces of media - interviews on the radio, television, for websites etc etc - whenever they need someone who is good at science and can communicate it well.

As part of that, I received training on how to do media interviews and be the one who actually leads the interviewer, not the other way round. It was a lot of fun, and quite valuable.

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