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.

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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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So you want to be a Physicist

This week’s career takes a look at physicists, the brains behind the study of the laws and properties that govern space, time, matter and energy.

Physicists usually specialise in a sub-category of physics, such as astrophysics, nuclear physics, molecular physics, or medical physics, because the subject is so vast. Colleges, universities, government departments, and R&D companies will employ physicists, who will possess at least a master's degree, if not a PhD.

Physicists may spend much of their time analysing data, developing reports, and planning experiments, and their work environment can consist of offices, labs and even nuclear reactors (depending on their area of speciality). Research and development work is a key aspect of most physicists' jobs.

A physicist should have strong analytical, numerical, reasoning, communication and problem-solving skills, along with computer skills to operate specific software programs. The UCD School of Physics reports that physics graduates can expect to earn an average annual salary of €54,000, according to a survey of UK physics graduates conducted by the Institute of Physics.

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