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 Donal Kane from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Kane

Plumber / Construction Super.

Construction Industry Federation

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  Donal Kane
Once you’re willing to listen, take advice and work hard there are many options for career paths / future development.

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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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food 

   Working with the land, managing livestock, crops, and the environment. Working with the production and distribution of food, and its safety.

Animals & Veterinary Science 

   Looking after the health and welfare of animals.

Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture 

   Fishing in the open seas or farming them in fish farms. Looking after the sale and promotion of all seafood.

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Marie O'Donovan
Environmental Officer

Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country.  She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
Marie O'Donovan, Environmental Officer


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