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:

Caitriona Jackman

Planetary Scientist

Smart Futures

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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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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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CAO Courses
CAO Code Course Title College Points NFQ Level
CK101  Arts - Archaeology 

University College Cork - UCC 

340 
CK104  Arts with Music (BMus or International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

367 
CK105  Film and Screen Media (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

422 
CK107  Geographical and Archaeological Sciences 

University College Cork - UCC 

337 
CK108  Arts International 

University College Cork - UCC 

466 
CK109  English (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

420 
CK110  World Languages 

University College Cork - UCC 

476 
CK112  Drama and Theatre Studies 

University College Cork - UCC 

408 
CK113  Criminology (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

412 
CK117  Economics (through Transformational Learning) 

University College Cork - UCC 

419 
CK118  Digital Humanities and Information Technology 

University College Cork - UCC 

379 
CK210  Government 

University College Cork - UCC 

360 
CK301  Law (Pathways) 

University College Cork - UCC 

475 
CK302  Law and French 

University College Cork - UCC 

510 
CK304  Law and Irish 

University College Cork - UCC 

496 
CK307  Law and Business 

University College Cork - UCC 

543 
CR112  Creative Digital Media 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

318 
DC131  Communications Studies 

Dublin City University - DCU 

420 
DN520  Arts - Archaeology 

University College Dublin - UCD 

322 
DN530  Celtic Studies, Art History & History 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN541  Modern Languages 

University College Dublin - UCD 

464 
GY261  Business Studies In International Hotel Management (Shannon) 

NUI Galway 

507 
MH101  Arts - Anthropology 

Maynooth University 

327 
MH102  Music Technology 

Maynooth University 

321 
MH107  Social Science 

Maynooth University 

366 
MH108  European Studies 

Maynooth University 

336 
MH109 MED  Media Studies 

Maynooth University 

327 
MH109 MTH  Media Technology 

Maynooth University 

331 
MH403  Accounting and Finance 

Maynooth University 

400 
MH404 BMA  Business and Management 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH404 MKT  Marketing 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH404 INB  International Business 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH405  Equine Business 

Maynooth University 

357 
MH407  Business and Accounting 

Maynooth University 

400 
MH411  Entrepreneurship 

Maynooth University 

356 
MH501  Law 

Maynooth University 

440 
MH502 LWA  Law and Accounting 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWB  Law and Business 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWC  Law and Criminology 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWD  Law and Arts 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH601 CSA  Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Arts) 

Maynooth University 

331 
MH601 MWA  Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Arts) 

Maynooth University 

331 
MH602 CSS  Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Science) 

Maynooth University 

340 
MH602 MWS  Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Science) 

Maynooth University 

340 
MU001  Theology and Arts 

Pontifical University, St Patricks College 

301 
MU002  Theology 

Pontifical University, St Patricks College 

 
TA022  Creative Digital Media 

IT Tallaght 

211