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 Sarah Jane Higgins from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sarah Jane Higgins

Compliance Manager

Lidl

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  Sarah Jane Higgins
I took a very indirect route into this role as it was vital that I understood all aspects of the business in order to perform the tasks and responsibilities required of me. I would therefore advise anyone who is looking to get into the area of compliance to study a law related course and then apply for a management position in any area of the business, as companies tend to value experience within the business as opposed to you coming straight out of college. I had no idea when I joined the Sales department that I would be given the opportunity to use my degree so you never know what opportunities may present themselves.
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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Building, Construction & Property 

   Working in the planning, building, selling or management of construction projects (housing estates, roads, warehouses etc.).

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 

   Creating high quality drugs or chemicals, testing them to ensure they are effective and safe, and monitoring their effect on people and the environment.

Computers & Software 

   Working in the manufacture, sales or support of all forms of computers and computer systems, or in the creation and development of software.

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   Designing or manufacturing electronic or telecommunication devices, or being involved in the generation and supply of electricity.

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   Working in the design, use, maintenance and control of all forms of mechanical devices, e.g. in construction, manufacturing, aviation, automobiles and related areas etc.

Physical & Mathematical Sciences 

   Researching and investigating aspects of the physical universe, or using Mathematics to solve complex issues in science or business.

Earth Science & Environment 

   Work with technologies that monitor and predict changes in our environment, with the development of renewable and sustainable energy sources and on the protection and conservation of natural resources.

Medical Devices 

   Work on the development of technology that enhances the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and disabilities.

Space Science and Technology 

   Exploring and developing the technology used to build satellites, space vehicles and the instruments and experiments that they carry.

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Sinead Kenny
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Sinead Kenny works with Creganna in Galway as a Design Engineer in the Medical Device Sector. She did a degree in Material Science from the University of Limerick where she continued with her studies and was awarded a PhD in Biomedical Cements.
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