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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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Junior Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Junior Cycle in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although three subjects, Irish, English and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Junior cycle lies within the compulsory period of education and is usually taken by students between the ages of 12 and 15. The aims and intended outcomes of Junior Cycle emphasise the importance of students experiencing a broad, balanced and coherent programme of study across a wide range of curriculum areas in order to prepare them for transition to Senior Cycle education. This is achieved by ensuring that students encounter an educational programme that covers a number of areas of experience.

Students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and those viewed as at risk of leaving school early may follow the Junior Certificate School Programme.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical
  more...  Materials Technology Wood
  more...  Technology
  more...  Metalwork
  more...  Typewriting
  more...  Coding [SC]
  more...  Digital Media Literacy [SC]
Science
  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Science
  more...  CSI: Exploring Forensic Science [SC]
Artistic
  more...  Art, Craft Design
  more...  Music
  more...  Technical Graphics
  more...  Artistic Performance [SC]
Humanities
  more...  French
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  English
  more...  Geography
  more...  Latin
  more...  Ancient Greek
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  ESS
  more...  German
  more...  Gaeilge
  more...  Jewish Studies
  more...  Chinese Language & Culture [SC]
Social
  more...  CSPE
  more...  Physical Education
  more...  Home Economics
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  SPHE
  more...  Civic, Social & Political Education [SC]
  more...  Physical Education [SC]
  more...  A Personal Project - Caring for Animals [SC]
  more...  Social, Personal & Health Education [SC]
Business
  more...  Business Studies