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 Deirdre Sayers from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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My Career Interests

What are you interested in?

Notice that if you are interested in something, you don't get bored of it easily, and you are happy to spend lots of time with it. Your interests satisfy you in some way, and you feel good.

You have probably noticed that people seem to have all sorts of different interests - no two people being exactly alike. However, you may also notice that people may have similar interests - like sport, music, TV etc.

When it comes to careers, psychologists have noticed something similar - no two people have exactly the same interests, but many people share general interests, such as doing practical things, or helping people, or doing science.

These general interests form a simple way of helping people choose their careers. If you like to care for people, then 'Caring' careers are very likely to be attractive to you. Likewise, if you like being creative all the time, then you are likely to find 'Creative' careers to be interesting.

After years of research, psychologists have agreed that using the simple idea of career interests is enough to help most people find careers that prove to be satisfying. They have created a number of tests to measure career interests, and use the results to recommend different career possibilities.

We recommend that you create an account (SignUp) on this site so that you can take a career interests test. These sort of tests don't have any right or wrong answers - they simply help reveal your interests - which can be helpful. They also suggest some careers to explore that are popular with others who have similar interests to you.





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