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 Brian Cadigan from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:
Don't just go into teaching because you are looking for long holidays. To teach everyday you need to like children, be very patient and understanding. However I feel it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.
What are your interests?
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.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
At school I chose Physics, Chemistry, Geography and French. Physics was an easy choice as I loved Maths. I knew I wanted a career in Science so I decided to take a second Science subject. Chemistry appealed more than Biology, perhaps because I’m quite squeamish!
It’s always good to have a language if you work in Science so I continued to study French post Junior Cert. I always enjoyed Geography so by studying this to Leaving Cert level it kept my options open at university should the option to study Geophysics occur.