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 Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Louise Mc Donald

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Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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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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Kieran Murphy PWC and former Cork Hurler

I graduated from LIT as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. One of the things that attracted me to the course was its reputation as one of the most respected courses of its kind, with an international standing.

After graduating, I went on to be part of the management teams on major projects, including the development of Opera Lane in Cork city centre.

My time in LIT was very enjoyable. My lecturers were always available to me, and being in LIT felt like being part of a community.

The college supported me in my inter-county hurling career, and I was part of two LIT Fitzgibbon Cup winning teams. I now work with PWC, the largest professional services firm in Ireland.

For me, it started in LIT

Quantity Surveyor at PWC
Former Cork & LIT Captain
2 Fitzgibbon Cups, 3 Munster Titles, 2 All Irelands
BSc Quantity Surveying


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