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 Liz Christy from Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:
Think long and hard, listen to advise, plan well and be ready to make sacrifices for job satisfaction…
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?
I did English, Irish and Maths, and then Geography, Agricultural science and Construction studies. Studying Construction studies definitely influenced my career path, I loved the subject and it helped that I had a great teacher also.
It helps you to become a more practical minded person, and you get good at working with your hands. I always knew I’d go on and work in something in the construction back ground round when I started studying construction studies.