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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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Mary Joyce, Secondary School Teacher

Mary Joyce is a Secondary School Teacher of Geography and PE and works in Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge, Co Kildare.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Limerick and also qualified as a Fitness Instructor under the NCEF.

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