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.

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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SIMI - Committed to an innovative and progressive approach to career development in the industry.

SIMI - Committed to an innovative and progressive approach to career development in the industry.

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The SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) is the national representative body for the Motor Industry in Ireland.

We are the official voice of the Motor Industry in Ireland and are proud to represent over 1200 members companies including Retailers, Repairers, Vehicle Distributors, Vehicle Testers, Wholesalers and other key industry operators.

We work on our members behalf, representing their views and concerns to the Government, the media and the public. To learn more about SIMI our website visit

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