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 Nuala Caffrey from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
When I filled in my CAO form, I had no idea that "Computational Material Scientist" was a job. I chose my course based only on the fact that physics and maths were my favourite subjects. If you know you love science, but aren't sure exactly what jobs exist, rest assured that people with scientific training will always be in demand by employers.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
English, Irish, Maths, Biology, Economics, Business and German. They have not influenced my career path in any way. Back then I was told to do either nursing or computer programming by the career guidance counsellor as demand was at a high for these careers at the time. Even though we took aptitude and personality tests they were not really considered.