A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?
An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.
Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.
One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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.
Two schemes are in place to assist students in overcoming certain disadvantages in going to college, one called HEAR and the other, DARE.
DARE and HEAR Application Advice Clinics will take place nationwide this Saturday 10th of January from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
The clinics are an opportunity to ask about individual applications.
Clinic locations include:
Cork - UCC
Dublin - DIT Aungier street
Donegal Villa Rose Hotel
Galway - NUI Galway
Kildare - Maynooth University
Kilkenny - Maynooth University Kilkenny Campus
Limerick - University of Limerick
Monaghan - Glencarn Hotel Castleblaney
Westmeath - Athlone IT,
Sligo - Glasshouse Hotel
Additional Clinics will also be held on the following dates:
January 12 - Woodlands Hotel, Waterford 7-9pm
January 15 - The Fels Point Hotel, Tralee 7-9pm; The Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford 2-7.30pm
January 21 - Trinity College Dublin, Rm3074, Arts Building 6-8pm (DARE Only)
The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.
View the new 2015 DARE video
Who should apply to DARE?
DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January, 2015, who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate and have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education, but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability or ongoing illness. Note: Mature students and students applying on the basis of FETAC results have different admission routes. You can get further information on these routes from college and university websites.
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. HEAR Applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.
Who is it for?
HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of January 1st 2015, who have completed an Irish Leaving Certificate. Mature and FETAC students have their own admissions routes and should contact college admissions offices for more information. Applications to HEAR can only be made online through the CAO.