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Go to college first, travel, see the world. If you can get a qualification in any field then do.
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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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Night Classes


Whether you are looking for a sociable way to learn a language or whether you are looking to gain a particular formal qualification, the range of night classes available throughout Ireland should provide you with what you need.

Night classes take place during term time in Education and Training Boards (ETBs), SOLAS Training Centres, schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. The courses on offer vary from centre to centre so it is worth looking around if you have a particular interest you would like to pursue.

In general you need to enrol a few weeks before the course starts. Enrolment takes place around mid September, again in mid-January and, in those centres with a summer term, around mid-March.

Normally, night classes are advertised locally - for example in your local newspaper, community centre, health centre, school, parish hall, etc. Your local ETB, college, secondary school and SOLAS Training Centre will also be able to give you details on the courses that are on in your area and when they begin.

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Note: choose 'lifelong learning' or 'short courses' from the Course Type selector, and narrow your choices by 'Career Area' and location for best results.