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 Brenda O Loughlin from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


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  Brenda O Loughlin
I guess I would tell anyone considering this job that they need to be able to multi task, have good people and communication skills and be prepared to work hard.

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.
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Colin Butterly has worked his way up from apprentice Carpenter / Joiner to trainee Site Manager, offering him greater opportunities and more responsibility. He is currently studying in DIT for a level 7 degree in Construction Management which he gained advanced entry into due to his trade qualification.
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