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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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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.

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Dr Jan Steiner Anaesthetist
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Lydia Peppard Care Assistant
Rebecca Tighe Process Engineer
Niamh Yates Validation Engineer
Richard Storey Shift Manager
Brian Kelly Science Entrepreneur
Lorcan Kelly Tax Consultant
Shane Callanan Electronic Engineer
Kerrie Horan Engineer - Process
Steven Kilgannon Garda Trainee
Gillian Morgan Manufacturing Process Specialist
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Louise Mc Donald Private (Line)
Jonathan Pugsley Energy Manager
Fergus O'Connell Quality Officer
Liam Dowling Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Kevin Moran Insurance Administrator
Frank Morrison Recruitment Manager
Cecilia Fenech Environmental Scientist
Magda Rogers Legal Secretary
Robert Windle Forest Inspector
Elva Bannon Mechatronic Engineer
Deirdre Sayers Primary School Teacher
Shane Sargeant Department of Foreign Affairs
John Kelly Timber Purchaser
Mariya Levchuk Crew Trainer
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Karl Curran Associate Director
Oz Ilbrahmi Manufacturing Specialist
Lisa Berry Restaurant Manager
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Catherine Day Secretary General
Siobhan Canny Midwife
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Aine Ni Dhubhain Forestry Lecturer
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Liz O'Toole Skipper
Emilia Gilroy Garda
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Oisin	Murphy Apprentice Carpenter
Ann-Marie Holmes Factory Manager - Fab 14
Owen Hughes Manufacturing Technician
Mary Joyce Secondary School Teacher
Damien Haberlin Ecologist (Post-Doctoral Researcher)
Neil Murrey Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion Design Engineer
Bryan Daniels Farmer - Dairy
Natasha Ibanez Mechanical Engineer
Keith Lynch Private (Line)
Luke Drea Event Rider
Paul Dowling Horticulturist
Luke Heffernan Forestry Inspector
Brendan White Fish Filleter
Gail Sterio Corporate Accountant
Jack McGovern Garda Trainee
Padraig Parle Teacher - Special Needs
David Fleming Sub Lieutenant - Navy
Anna Holohan Tax Manager
Marie O'Donovan Environmental Officer
Ejiro O'Hare Stratton Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Caroline Austin Senior Associate Solicitor
Kevin Keary Parliamentary Assistant
Enda Coates Forest Researcher
Karen O'Flaherty Science Communicator
Claire Purcell Software Engineer
Mary Ita Heffernan Social Worker
Jamie Hawan Harvesting Manager
Margaret Donaghue Prison Officer
Adam Nolan Garda
Fergal Donnelly European Commission
Brian	Conville Bricklayer
Tracey Roche Design Engineer
Tomas Flanagan Occupational Therapist
Claire Howlin Forest Management Planner
Des Lalor Wind Engineer
Lynsey Gargan Manufacturing Engineer
Nicole Feighery Customer Care Manager
Kate Walsh Beauty Therapist
Mark Clery Regional Forester
Mark Meehan Site Training & Learning Head
Megan Walsh Mechanical Engineer
Sinead O'Sullivan CEO of Fusion Space Technologies
Breda Wright Customer Care Manager
David McKeown Space Scientist
Rory Fitzpatrick CEO of the National Space Centre
Laura Finnegan Process Development Engineer
Kevin Power Resource Manager
Lisa Kelly Speech and Language
Brenda O Loughlin Franchisee
Naoise Pye Social Care Worker
Dr. Patrick Cadwell Lecturer
Elaine Steiro Franchisee
Peter Clifford Probationer Garda
Niamh Cacciato Solicitor
Ian McKinley Rugby Player
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Niamh Briggs Garda
Joe Codd Sales Director
Alan O'Neill Fisherman
Kelvin E Lau How PHD Student RCSI
Liam McCaul R&D Engineer
Rasaq Falade Garda Reserve
Maria O'Neill Civil Engineer
Brendan Cavanagh Ships Engineer
Aidan Maher Site Manager - Grad Entry
Denis Reidy Farmer - Dairy
Eileen Faherty Electrician / Quantity Surveyor
Sam Franklin Earth Observation Specialist
Ciaran Walsh Forestry Professional
Laura Glendon SAP
Tony Lenighan Forester
Darryl Day IQ Engineer
Rachel Berry Pharmacist
Peter LaComber Consulting Engineer
Ciaran MacSamhrain Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Sharon Carty Opera Singer
Shane McDonagh Renewable Energy Engineering
Breda Ni Mhaoláin Interpreter
Mark	Maguire Apprentice Electrician
Paul Galvan Resource Teacher
Peter Whooley Forester
Linda Coghlan Forester
Megan McEvoy Dancer
Catherine Ahearn Data Scientist
Deborah Caffrey Electronic Engineer
Seamus Dunne Forestry Inspectorate
Shane Bergin Physics Lecturer
Shauna Hurley Structural Engineer
Elaine MacDonald Psychologist - Clinical
Jason Ruane Computer Programmer
Nuala Caffrey Research Fellow in Computational Physics
Kieran Magee Farm Manager - Dry Stock
Brian Cadigan Primary School Teacher
John Liston Project Manager
Fiona Uyema Chef
Michael Bohane QA Manager
Lynda O'Leary Systems Engineer
Donal Kane Plumber / Construction Super.
Deirdre Kelleghan Amateur Astronomer
Donal Og Cusack Automation/Energy Engineer
Claire Hanrahan Auditor
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