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Realist?

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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Post Primary Education

Post Primary Education

If you want to go into post primary teaching, also commonly termed second level teaching, there are two routes you can take concurrent or consecutive. The consecutive route involves completing an undergraduate degree of your choice, but often related to the subjects you hope to teach, before taking on a postgraduate teacher training course, the Professional Masters in Education. The concurrent path involves taking an undergraduate qualification with teacher training included, meaning you graduate from your undergrad as a fully qualified teacher.

In contrast to primary teaching, second level teachers will specialise in subjects, delivering classes on them to a variety of years. This demand to master a subject represents a different challenge to that facing primary school teachers, who must maintain a knowledge base across a number of subject areas.

Certain subject areas are short of specialist teachers, with mathematics and the physical sciences standing out most, as well as new subjects such as computer science. But the best option for you and your students is to pursue teaching the subject you yourself have most interest in. Teachers passionate about their subject are the best placed to pass on their knowledge.

Occupations in Post Primary Education
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Classroom Assistant

Classroom assistants work under the supervision of a qualified teacher to assist with classroom activities and learning programmes.

Teacher - Physical Education

Works with the development of students through physical exercise and health education.

Teacher - Secondary Level

Prepares lessons and teaches teenagers in a secondary school or college classroom.

Teacher - Languages

Prepares lessons and teaches foreign languages to students in a variety of settings.

Teacher - Art and Design

Teach a wide range of art, design and craft skills to students.

Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary

Guides and advises young people as they make their career choices.

School Principal

School principals plan, organise, direct, control and evaluate the activities of teachers and other staff of their school.