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 Fiona Coyle from Hewlett-Packard to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Fiona Coyle

Ink Chemist

Hewlett-Packard

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  Fiona Coyle
You have to be willing to work things out. Every day we meet problems and as a scientist it is my job to understand the problem and then find a solution. A good technical knowledge of your area is essential, in my case Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. A willingness to learn is essential and it is really important to listen to people around you as they may have the answer to your problem or a piece of the problem. Most people in my job would have a degree in a Science disipline and/or a post graduate degree such as a Masters or Ph.D.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Study Skills - 12 Things you need to know

First Things First
Use Time Wisely
Get Organised
Learn How To Read
Schedule Your Time
Listen And Take Notes
Hand In Neat Work
Ask Questions
Help Other People
Anticipate Exam Questions
Do More Than You Are Asked
Use What You Learn




 

 
1 - First Things First (5:06)

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