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We asked Caitriona Jackman from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Caitriona Jackman

Planetary Scientist

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  Caitriona Jackman
If you are considering full-time scientific research, try to get a work placement in a university department so you can see first hand what it’s like. It’s a relatively relaxed, flexible environment, but there is a certain degree of self-motivation needed. 

So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc.

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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History and Geography

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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A Level 8 four year degree for those interested in a career in teaching and careers in history and geography. This course will prepare students for a career in the fields of history and geography and will develop transferable skills in digital media and communications. 

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GA887 - History and Geography
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA887 - History and Geography
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Three Distinctions

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  • Teacher
  • Education Officer
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Library and Archives Professional
  • Rural Recreation Officer
  • Green Schools’ Officer
  • Ecotourism operator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Tourism Officer
  • Historian
  • Genealogist
  • Folklorist
  • Rural & Community Development Officer
  • Museum Documentation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Cultural Marketing Manager

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