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 Linda Byrnes from Bank of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Linda Byrnes

Pensions Administrator

Bank of Ireland

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  Linda Byrnes

Someone considering this job would need to:

  • Be a team player Be able to work on your own initiative
  • Possess good numeric & computer skills
  • Have good organisations skills – due to the immense amount of information to process on a daily basis
  • Be a people person, have effective interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly.

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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