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 Caitriona Jackman from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Caitriona Jackman

Planetary Scientist

Smart Futures

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Caitriona Jackman
If you are considering full-time scientific research, try to get a work placement in a university department so you can see first hand what it’s like. It’s a relatively relaxed, flexible environment, but there is a certain degree of self-motivation needed. 

So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc.

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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National Career Skills Competition 2018 is OPEN

Start working on your application now and be in with a chance to win some great prizes

Every year hundreds of second-level students go out on work experience. This competition is your chance to tell us about your work placement - the skills you developed during your time on placement and the things you observed about the world of work.

The competition is open to 2nd Level Students in Transition Year and Senior Cycle (LCE/LCA/LCVP). There is also a special stand alone category for entries 'as gaeilge', and for students engaged in Further Education.


* FRIDAY 23rd MARCH 2018*


What are Career Skills?

Video: TY students describe career skills from their perspective.


It's quite simple really - describe the SKILLS you developed during your time on work placement and what you observed about the world of work,

There are superb prizes, sponsored by McDonald's Ireland, for the top three entries in each category. In addition, the school of the winning student in each category will receive a cash prize for the relevant school programme.

Full details are available here.

Good luck and remember, if you're not in you can't win!

The CareersPortal Team

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