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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Physical / Medical Disabilities
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Physical / Medical Disabilities

Physical disabilities are conditions that affect the physical body. They can be caused by anything from arthritis or amputation to spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spina bifida. Medical conditions such as cardiac or respiratory disease can also affect physical ability and mobility.

People with physical disabilities are more likely to be challenged by the physical environment and/or the attitudes and beliefs of society than by the disability itself. 

Those who use wheelchairs, calipers, crutches, canes or prostheses often find it difficult moving about the physical environment. Physical access to buildings themselves, or to particular rooms within buildings can be challenging.

In the work or college environment, time constraints such as those imposed by deadlines and timetables, can introduce added pressure in getting from A to B. Participation in activities with peers, or attendance at events can be hindered by low energy levels or fatigue.  

The Disabilities  A-Z section [Left] includes physical and medical disabilities and their characteristics in the context of educational and career progression:

  • How does the disability impact learning skills and development?
  • How does the disability impede educational opportunity and progression?
  • What learning tips and strategies are there for students with this difficulty?
  • What supports are out there for students with this particular difficulty or disability?
  • How will it impact on career choice?

Each section additionally includes links to relevant resources and information.