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 Liam Casey from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Liam Casey

Purchasing Manager

Lidl

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  Liam Casey
Take an interest in retail and have a love of food. Be driven and confident. A positive hardworking attitude is key. Business, marketing and management would be areas that could benefit people in this role. Languages: learn German!
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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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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.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering 

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

Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing  

   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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