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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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Jason Ruane

Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Hint: Health Service Executive
Definitely, my parents were a huge support to me. While they knew little regarding the area of social work per se, they were supportive of my choices regardless.

Also, my friends always held an interest in my courses and continue to remain interested in my job and the varied aspects of it. In fairness, the majority of my friends and I share common interests which has helped and they also work in people related jobs.

I also remain friends with people I met on the course who are also in the same job which helps in terms of being able to talk to someone who is in the same position etc.

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Career Exploration

When it comes to being in full-time employment, it is likely that you will spend as much time 'on the job' as with your family and friends, so it makes sense to do something that makes your heart sing. Therefore, investing some time in self-assessment is time well spent.

Self-Assessment - What's the value of it?

From a career development point of view, self-exploration is primarily about identifying your talents, strengths and weaknesses. It helps you to identify what motivates you and to understand what your hopes and aspirations are, using this information to point you in a particular career direction.

Start the process by completing some self-assessment exercises. None are going to provide you with a complete picture, but they all provide some perspective and can be used to open your mind to new possibilities, or to simply confirm what you already know (that’s not a bad thing, as it can increase your confidence in that area).

The process will help you to identify occupations that include things you really like to do. In the long run, you are likely to be more fulfilled, and you will probably be more productive too. Think about the impact having a career you enjoy would have on your personal life too - how it would affect your family, your friends, your social life?

Interest Test - Why do an interest test or interest profiler?

Choosing a career direction that takes into account the sort of things you are interested in makes good sense. This ensures that you will be motivated as you have a natural inclination already in a particular area.

You can take the Careers Portal Interest-Profiler (CPIP) to measure the relative strengths of your interests.

This instrument also provides you with a free printable report containing a summary of your career interests, along with some occupations that match your interest profile.

You will need to login to take this test as your results will be kept for you in your Career File.

FAQs - I did one in school - why should I do it again?

Interest tests will give you different results at different times in your life, based on where you are along life’s journey. Chances are that you no longer like the same things you liked a few years ago - you may have learned to like vegetables since then, or have shifted your allegiance from Leeds United to Liverpool (!!!). In the same way, your career interests may or may not have shifted and changed.


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