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 Val Gabriel from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Val Gabriel

Product Manager

Hewlett-Packard

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  Val Gabriel

Good analytical skills. Be able to hear 200 individual pieces of information. Discard the 175 that have no bearing, and then tie the 25 pieces together into a compiling decision/path forward.

Patience: Not everything happens at the speed you would like. Push hard, don’t be afraid to voice your position, but know when to be patient. For this job you have to have an honest and real feel for customers. Who they are, what they want, where they buy, how much they spend, this allows you to target their needs better. The classic win/win, customer gets their needs fulfilled better and your company has a winning product.

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Transition Year 'has numerous benefits'


Thursday, May 20, 2010 




Transition Year 'has numerous benefits'Opting to do Transition Year (TY) often offers students numerous benefits, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dr Gerry Jeffers, lecturer in Education at NUI Maynooth, said TY has the "potential to give students good experiences that help them to grow up".

Eimear Sinnott of Careers Portal added that TY provides students with the opportunity to learn various skills which will be useful in their career.

"Good academic qualifications may be important for the workplace, but other qualities such as communication skills, problem solving and team work, which can be developed in Transition Year, are just as vital," she stated.

However, with the recession impacting on schools financially, many secondary level institutions are struggling to offer the year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said.

The ASTI's Transition Year coordinator Noel Buckley told the newspaper that more parents want their children to take the fourth year.

He noted: "They know that if they leave education early they will find it hard to get jobs. So, they are delaying the departure for as long as possible. This is putting pressure on school resources."

Earlier this year, Dr Jeffers told the newspaper that research suggests that students not only develop academically but also socially and personally during TY. ADNFCR-2470-ID-19788893-ADNFCR 




               
 

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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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