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 Brian O'Connor from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Brian O'Connor

Analytical Chemist

Smart Futures

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Brian O'Connor
Science is a fascinating subject and you truly have to immerse yourself in it. When you do the rewards are fantastic. It is of course a tough subject but once complete you learn how to solve many problems yourself.

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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Musgrave Graduate Programme 2018 Now Open

Closing Date 20th February 2018


Closing Date: 20th February 2018. 

We are recruiting for graduates to begin their careers in the areas of Finance, Business Development, Omni-channel, IT and Supply Chain.

Musgrave is the launchpad for all sorts of exciting careers. If you have a love for good food, a passion for a business, or a desire to help us build sustainable communities, you’ll fit right in. We feed 1 in 3 people in Ireland — making us the Republic’s leading food business. However, like our network of entrepreneurial food partners and the budding start-ups we support, we never stand still, and neither do our people.

Our grads get to work straight away on a huge number of challenges and opportunities. Whether it’s designing a new product launch or building our digital presence, sorting the supply chain or transforming our retail environments, you’ll be stretched and challenged. But you’re backed up the whole way by a dedicated team responsible for your development.

Benefits of joining our Programme:

  • Fast moving, entrepreneurial culture powered by our values and growing good business purpose.
  • The opportunity Influence product ranges, shape marketing campaigns, drive innovation on our market-leading brands and with our network of partners.
  • Placements that rotate either within departments or across the business.
  • Study leave and financial support as you work towards your CIMA qualification as a Finance Graduate;
  • Award winning, bespoke development programme delivered in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute and senior business leaders;
  • Learn from senior managers through the IMI, mentoring and through your role in the business.
  • Real responsibility and impact from day one, with expert support when you need it.
  • Work on a business project which you will present to our Group CEO and Managing Directors.
  • Competitive salary with scope to increase year on year and a track record of launching the careers of senior managers in the business.

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