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.

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Dave McDonald

Astronomer

Smart Futures

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A caring attitude is essential for Health and Safety – you need to be passionate about getting the message across to people and telling them why it is so important. After all, no-one wants to see anyone suffer harm or be in pain.

For astronomy, a yearning for answering the unanswered questions is a must. You also need to be dedicated and focused and not put off by the weather

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National Learning Network provides a range of flexible training courses and support services for people who need specialist support (job seekers, unemployed, people with an illness or disability) in 50 centres around the country. The SOLAS courses and HSE programmes, all of which include work experience, offer nationally recognised qualifications including FETAC, ECDL, and City and Guilds ensuring that students are ready to get a job or go on to further education.

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