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 Brian O'Connor from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian O'Connor

Analytical Chemist

Smart Futures

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  Brian O'Connor
Science is a fascinating subject and you truly have to immerse yourself in it. When you do the rewards are fantastic. It is of course a tough subject but once complete you learn how to solve many problems yourself.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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I have been told that the ability to get on well with people and work as a team is my best quality in my job.

Organisation has always been a priority for me in every job. When organising a project or even a simple job I keep records and note and file these away when the job is complete.

I am warm with people and easy to get along with, and find myself the person who often leads the team and helps everyone along.

These qualities coupled with my decision making capabilities, which are being honed with time, make me a good team leader. I can recognise other peoples personalities and how to make the best of them within the team.

I am also very ambitious and hard working and I never fail to surprise people with my enthusiasm for work!

New challenges motivate me and drive me to succeed.

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