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 Deirdre Lavelle from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:
It can take time to get to know people with learning disabilities, patience and good listen skills are very important.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I was unsure what I wanted for a career whilst at school so I tried to keep my choices open.
I took A levels in Economics,Geography and History. I did not have a gameplan at that stage and it seems strange that I have ended up in what is perceived as a Science Centre without studying pure science at A level.
I suppose the standard advice is to think carefully about your career early on and think about how doors can be closed by not choosing the appropriate subjects. Easy if you know what you want at an early age! I didn't.