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.

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  Nora Barry
A keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to travel and an acceptance that this role is a lifestyle choice are all necessary. I believe having lived abroad for a period of time and experiencing different cultures are also an advantage.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Smart Futures

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Contact details:
Contact Name:
Donna McCabe
Address:
Wilton Park House
Wilton Place
Dublin 2
Email:
smartfutures[at]sfi[dot]ie
Web:
www.SmartFutures.ie
Phone:
01 6073042

 
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Smart Futures is a government-industry programme providing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers information to second-level students, parents, teachers and careers guidance counsellors in Ireland.

Check out the numerous resources on the website (http://www.SmartFutures.ie) such as:

* Careers video with people working in areas such as food and sports science, cybersecurity, engineering, energy, app development, biotechnology, medical devices and lots more*

Read career interviews profiling people working in STEM in our blog series ‘Career Stories’ or simply look up a career by entering a keyword (e.g chemistry) in the search box.

Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by SFI Discover, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded STEM outreach programme. It was established in partnership with Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme in 2012 and is supported by organisations such as PharmaChem Ireland, the Royal Society of Chemistry, ICT Ireland, the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) and The Institute of Physics.








  Smart Futures

Mechatronic Engineer
Elva Bannon
"I’m part of a team inventing something new that has the potential to provide clean renewable energy"
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Elva Bannon
   
Science Teacher
Cian O'Mahony
"After studying science, I did a one-year Higher Diploma in Education in UCC. This involved studying the theory of educational practice as well as having practical work experience"
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Cian O'Mahony
   
Amateur Astronomer
Deirdre Kelleghan
"Giving talks in libraries, schools and arts centers to thousands of children each year is very satisfying"
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Deirdre Kelleghan
   
Astronomer
Dave McDonald
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For astronomy, a yearning for answering the unanswered questions is a must. You also need to be dedicated and focused and not put off by the weather

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Dave McDonald
   
Planetary Scientist
Caitriona Jackman
"I work with data from the magnetometer on the Cassini spacecraft which is in orbit around the planet Saturn"
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Caitriona Jackman
   
Electronic Engineer
Shane Callanan
"Engineers are the same all over the world. There are technical problems to solve, and we love to solve them!!!"
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Shane Callanan
   
Software Engineer
Karl Stanley
"The purpose of technology is to automate the things that people are bad at, so they can spend more time doing things they are good at"
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Karl Stanley
   
Design Engineer
Sinead Kenny
"The coolest thing of all is to hear that the device has worked and that the quality of life of patients has improved."
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Sinead Kenny
   
Science Communicator
James Stewart
"At the moment I am working with a group of young people, teaching them how to plan, shoot and edit a short film"
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James Stewart
   
Analytical Chemist
Brian O'Connor
"It is very cool knowing that I play a role in the production of this drug coming to the market."
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Brian O'Connor
   

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