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 Paul Meany from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Paul Meany

School Principal

Department of Education and Skills

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  Paul Meany

Need to have a belief about the value of the sort of education provided by the school to which you are applying.

Need to be able to cope with ambivalence - being leader in the school is not a black and white thing.

Need to believe in people, whether it is staff or students.

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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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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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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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Angie O'Keeffe
Materials Engineer

Angie O'Keefe is working as a Senior Member of Technical Staff in HP.  Her primary Degree is a BSc in Chemistry, studied in UCD. She then transitioned to Trinity to do a PhD in Electrochemistry.  She has had the opportunity to work as part of a new product development team and spent several months in the US working with the development teams in HP.

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