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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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The programme is suited to students with an aptitude for mathematics who are interested in applying mathematics to problem solving in the real world. It is designed to provide a broad mathematical training that will allow you to work in any environment that requires strong analytical and problem solving skills.

The programme involves an introductory two years, common to all students, when the fundamental mathematical tools are introduced. After two years, you will have the option of specialising in mathematics, statistics or computing. The programme also provides a theoretical grounding for students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies.

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