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.

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  Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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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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Paul Shortt is an Industrial Relations Officer in the Advisory Section of the Labour Relations Commission.  Paul joined the Civil Service 9 years ago as a Clerical Officer.  He has worked in a number of Government Departments, including working with the Australian Civil Service on an exchange programme and has had a number of promotions to his current position.
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