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 Naoise Pye from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

Naoise Pye

Social Care Worker

St. Michael's House

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Naoise Pye
You need to be interested in people, and want to help them. Interests in Creative Arts can help as well as having a degree in Social Studies and having plenty of work experience.
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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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Investigative
Investigative
 
General
Investigative types like working with ideas, and prefer occupations that require an extensive amount of thinking. They like searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. The have a scientific approach to everything, believing that with enough knowledge all problems would be solved.

Interests
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.

Activities
Investigative activities may include collecting information for analysis (e.g. Financial Analyst), developing or using classification systems to assist with large amounts of data (e.g. Botonist), using mathematical formulae to predict outcomes (e.g. Statistician), designing and carrying out research work (e.g. Forensic Scientist), determining causes and effects (e.g. Doctor, Dietician), and using scientific procedure to investigate complex problems (e.g. Biochemist, Astronomer).