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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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Catherine Day Secretary General
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Mark Meehan Site Training & Learning Head
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Deborah Caffrey Electronic Engineer
Niamh Yates Validation Engineer
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Mark Spain Garda Trainee
Sinead O'Sullivan CEO of Fusion Space Technologies
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Aishling Butler Garda Trainee
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Maria O'Neill Civil Engineer
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Tracey Roche Design Engineer
Ian McKinley Rugby Player
Lynda O'Leary Systems Engineer
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Kevin Keary Parliamentary Assistant
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