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Realist

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.

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This is where your taxes go, to keeping the roads maintained, laws enforced and all the other functions of government that keep society functioning. Politicians create laws and represent the people, the civil and public services then carries out government policy. The European Union operates on a similar basis across Europe. This is a complex sector, which includes independent bodies such as regulators who ensure that products, occupations or the government itself is acting properly and to the correct standard.

Skills

    communication, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, enforcing laws and regulations, writing, negotiation, people management, problem solving,

Key Facts

0.317%
of Irish gross national income spent on international aid in 2017
28,342
employed by local authorities in 2018
2
number of languages most EU careers require

Labour Market Information

There were 101,700 persons employed in Public Administration and Defence in Q4 of 2017, 4.6% of national employment. Employment grew 18% growth over the five-year period between quarter 4 2012 and quarter 4 2017, an increase of 15,500 persons employed.

No shortages have been identified for Government administration occupations.

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