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 Darren O'Reilly from Accounting Technicans Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Darren O'Reilly

Financial Advisor

Accounting Technicans Ireland

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  Darren O'Reilly

Find and read all the information available about the course and profession to make a well informed decision before considering this career path. Understand the commitment involved and be willing to make sacrifices to complete it successfully.

Being organised is essential. Establish what goals you want to achieve and set out how you are going to achieve them – don’t lose focus along the way.

When starting off, the right training and experience is far more valuable in the long run than an initial pay increase. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day so patience is essential, you will eventually get there.

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Realist 
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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 Realist
 
General
The Realist interest is for work that involves 'doing' something to inanimate 'things'. There is usually a hands-on aspect to this work, and it is important that there are visible (tangible) results for one's efforts.

Interests
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.

Activities
Realist activities include basic physical work (handling goods, deliveries), controlling and operating equipment (e.g. cranes, aircraft), using tools and instruments (drills, microscopes), building and repairing electrical or mechanical equipment (e.g. engineer, mechanic), skilled labour (e.g. precision cutting/alignment) and other work requiring fine eye-hand co-ordination (e.g. sports, pilot).