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:

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Planetary Scientist

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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.
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University of Limerick – Profile

  • Our graduate employment rate is consistently higher than the national average      
  • Affordable living for a better student experience      
  • Work experience as part of every degree
  • Ireland's Sporting Campus                                                                             
  • Our Cooperative Education programme is one of the largest in Europe with a network of over 1700 employers                                                                               
  • Five–star ranking for teaching, employability, innovation and internationalisation
  • Exceptional on-campus village style accommodation (over 2500 rooms across 6 student villages)                                   
  • Largest international exchange programme in Ireland (ERASMUS and Study Abroad)
  • A full suite of scholarships across all disciplines                                          
  • 2,500 international students from over 100 countries                                               

UL is Ireland’s youngest and most innovative university

Voted ‘Ireland’s most popular university’, the University of Limerick offers an exceptional student experience. At UL you will find a college experience that will challenge and demand the best of you. In return you will get a top quality education and preparation for life like no other. UL is big enough to keep things interesting, yet small enough to ensure that no one gets lost in the crowd. With over 70 Clubs and Societies, you’re sure to find one that suits your interests.

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The University is recognised as possessing one of the most spectacular and environmentally sympathetic university campuses in the world. UL is located along the River Shannon, just 5 km from Limerick city centre. Visitors never fail to be impressed by this peaceful green place with its trees, its fountains and the beautiful river Shannon flowing majestically through it all.

The campus is adorned by unrivalled sports and cultural facilities, including Ireland’s first Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor sports arena, a boathouse with a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank, and our newest facility, a 25m diving pool, the only one in the region. The 1,100-seat University Concert Hall shows weekly performances.

The University has been named 'University of the Year 2015’in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. UL has also been placed in the top 200 most international universities in the world in the Times Higher Education rankings.

Make UL your first choice for a real-world, career-focussed education.

For a full listing of all our degree programmes, visit www.ul.ie/courses

 

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