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 Patricia Cleary from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
Be open to new possibilities – I never dreamed in secondary school that I would like Biochemistry so you never know what you might like until you try!
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 studied English, Irish, Maths, French, Biology, Physics and Accountancy for the Leaving Certificate. I actually changed from studying Chemistry to Accountancy half way during fifth year as I found doing all science was very heavy going and I wanted some diversity.
Having the mixture of science and business subjects left lots of opportunities for me for college as I had a flavour of what was involved in both areas. It was also a good match for the career I went into as I use both my technical and business background.