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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Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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  Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)
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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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Investigative
Investigative
 
General
Investigative types like working with ideas, and prefer occupations that require an extensive amount of thinking. They like searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. The have a scientific approach to everything, believing that with enough knowledge all problems would be solved.

Interests
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.

Activities
Investigative activities may include collecting information for analysis (e.g. Financial Analyst), developing or using classification systems to assist with large amounts of data (e.g. Botonist), using mathematical formulae to predict outcomes (e.g. Statistician), designing and carrying out research work (e.g. Forensic Scientist), determining causes and effects (e.g. Doctor, Dietician), and using scientific procedure to investigate complex problems (e.g. Biochemist, Astronomer).