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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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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300 New Jobs with Veolia

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300 New Jobs with Veolia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 

300 New Jobs with Veolia

French environmental services group Veolia is targeting significant growth in Ireland, announcing 300 jobs as we “transition to a low carbon economy”.

The new roles will be across all divisions, with water infrastructure and biomass energy the main growth areas. They are starting to recruit for their Co. Mayo biomass plant, and will build another two by 2020.

Employing 500 people in the country, this latest 300-job expansion, though, is more focused on what it calls a ‘circular economy’ – with roles coming on stream over the next five years. This ‘circular economy’, according to country manager Pat Gilroy, “could contribute €1.65 billion to the Irish economy and create as many as 5,000 jobs over 10 years”.

 “We are now poised for expansion in the Irish market, targeting double digit growth annually over the next five years and creating 300 new jobs,” he says. “As we transition to a low carbon economy, it is imperative that companies can access environmentally sustainable solutions. “We are setting out to do just that, providing businesses in Ireland with the means to manage their resource needs more efficiently and grow with us in a circular economy.”

Veolia currently have a number of live job vacancies for Ireland online including: 

  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Construction Health and Safety Engineer 
  • Mechanical Utilities Technician 
  • Service and Maintenance Co-ordinator 

For more information on these jobs including application details click here


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