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 Dave McDonald from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Dave McDonald

Astronomer

Smart Futures

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Dave McDonald

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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Linguistic
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General
Linguistic types enjoy work involving the creation and exchange of information through writing, electronic media or the spoken word. These people prefer unstructured environments where there is time to use their imagination to compose their words and thoughts, and time to express and communicate what they feel.

Interests
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Activities
Linguistic activities include writing and reworking text to make it more presentable to certain audiences (e.g. Editor, Technical Writer), evaluating and assessing documents (e.g. Critic, Script Writer), exploring alternative media to express and present ideas (e.g. Media Executive, Multimedia Writer), creative writing (e.g. Author), translation of written or spoken material, creative expression of a script (e.g in Drama, Acting), and skilled wording of material for persuasive, technical or entertainment purposes (e.g. Lawyer, Radio & TV Presenter).