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 Megan McEvoy from Languages Connect to give some advice for people considering this job:
While I find my career extremely rewarding there are some aspects of it that I hadn't been prepared for. It's a very harsh industry and you need to have thick skin. You could go to 10 auditions and get a no before you get a yes and this process can be quite draining. For that reason it requires not only extreme dedication but also a lot of passion as without the love for dance sometimes it could all seem too much.
I would say to anyone hoping to dance professionally to get into as many technical dance classes as they can now as they'll help you greatly in your training. Pay attention in business studies as soon you'll be promoting yourself as a business be it as a teacher, choreographer or performer. Confidence is key in this career and while that is individual to each person, in general, the more experience and knowledge you have the more confident you're going to be so watch videos, read books and most importantly go to see performances to get a feel for what's involved.
What are your interests?
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
What is an Occupation
Often the terms job, occupation and career are used interchangeably. In fact, they have very different meanings. On this site we use them to mean the following:
A job is a work role with a specific organisation (paid or unpaid). Example: Auditor at CRH Group.
An occupation is a wide category of jobs with similar characteristics. Example: physician, engineer, educator, or scientist.
A career is a lifetime journey of building and making good use of your skills, knowledge and experiences.
Using this search you can explore hundreds of occupations. For many we include interviews with people doing that job, and discuss their career journey so far.