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 Kelvin E Lau How from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
Enjoy the wild ride after you enroll in a course. It is bumpy and challenging, but where is the fun in life if there is no challenge?
What are your interests?
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I chose Construction Studies, Tech Drawing, French and Physics for my Leaving Cert subjects. My favourite subject however was Maths. In IT a lot of effort is spent in problem solving. Maths and Tech Drawing really helped me develop those skills. I was happy with my subject choice in school.