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 James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

James Stewart

Science Communicator

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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Youthreach



This video provides an excellent overview of what Youthreach is all about....

Youthreach is a Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme. It offers a flexible programme of education, vocational training and work experience for 15 to 20 year olds who have left school early, without any formal qualifications. Youthreach supports young people  to identify options within adult life, and provides them with opportunities to acquire certification. 

Youthreach generally operates a  2 year programme on a full time year round basis, and delivers 35 hours Education and training per week for 45 weeks. Youthreach centres are managed by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and SOLAS Community Training Centres.

A Training Allowance is paid to Youthreach trainees, depending on age.

The Youthreach programme is delivered through Centres for Education, Community Training Centres and Justice Workshops.

To view some testimonials from some 2016 Wicklow YouthReach participants see: click here 

For further information visit www.youthreach.ie

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Training is always an ongoing agenda item - we even have it listed as a default priority item in our official schedule here. It may be of the form of online classes, or classes in-house where the company brings in professional trainers/lecturers to give classes and information talks; or it may involve traveling to attend a class specifically tuned to your next objective. For example, my next class is a two day session about digital electronics, which will be pertinent to my current programming project. On average training in some form or other occurs about 3 or 4 times a year.
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