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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 sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the  students who sat the Higher Level  exam in 2018.

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Neasa Ní Chiaráin
Ollamh Cúnta le Teicneolaíocht Urlabhra agus Teanga don Ghaeilge
Neasa is a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin focused on using technology to promote Irish among learners.
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Brian Ó Raghallaigh
Léachtóir le Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath (DCU).
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Cuan Ó Seireadáin
Cuan Ó Seireadáin, Coimeádaí le Conradh na Gaeilge
Cuan Ó Seireadáin
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Padraig Ó Beaglaoich
Padraig Ó Beaglaoich
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Ronan Doherty
Ronan Doherty
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Siún Ní Dhuinn
Siún Ní Dhuinn
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Subject Choices - I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate

Studying Science - Science

Working in Technology - Technology

Working in Engineering - Engineering

Working with Maths - Maths

Studying German - German

What Most School Don't Teach [IT] - What Most School Don't Teach [IT]

Studying STEM - STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Studying Spanish - Spanish

Studying Languages - Languages

Read what others say about their Leaving Cert. Subject Choices...
Mechanical Engineer - Damien Mason
Damien Mason, CRH plc

The subjects which I had control of choosing and which influenced my career path were:

Secondary School: Technical Graphics, Construction Studies, Engineering, Physics. These were an excellent base for my degree course in Mechanical Engineering in University.

University: Mechanical Engineering - choose fluids stream instead of solids stream half way through my degree course. In my current career, choosing the fluids stream has not had any significant bearing on my ability to perform my job.

If I had the choice in Secondary School, I would have chosen Spanish as a language to study. This allows a lot of extra opportunities to travel globally.

If I had the opportunity to change my choices in University, I would have done a years post grad in buisness studies and accounting after my degree in mechanical engineering. I belive this would have given me a competitive advantage in aspiring to a career in management.

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Corporate Sales Manager - Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan, Failte IrelandI was unsure in school what career path I wanted to follow. It is very difficult at such a young age to know what career you want for certain. My advice and what I did was take a good variety of subjects so that I had options and could apply for a wide variety of college courses.  
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Guidance Counsellor - Brian Howard
Brian Howard, Department of Education and Skills

For my Leaving Certificate I studied the three compulsory subjects: English, Irish and Maths. I had a great interest in science so I chose to do two science subjects - Biology and Chemistry. I wanted to keep as many options open as possible as I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do on leaving school so I chose one business subject - Economics and I chose a language - French, in order to keep all the universities open also.

In hindsight I think this was a good selection of subjects as it kept a lot of doors open while also allowing me to chose subjects I liked and did well in. I eventually went on to do a science degree so my 2 Leaving Certificate science subjects came in handy. Once I had my degree this allowed me to teach and subsequently do my postgraduate in Guidance Counselling.

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Private (Line) - Louise Mc Donald
Louise Mc Donald, Defence ForcesI always knew I wanted to join the army as a recruit. Therfore my subjects in school did not influence my career. However I completed my Leaving Cert as it is important to have in case things did not go to plan. I also focused a lot on sports, I played Ladies gaelic for my local G.A.A and camogie. I had to keep a standard of fitness as that is one of the main requirements for the army. 
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Restaurant Manager - Lisa Berry
Lisa Berry, McDonald's

Honestly, I was not all that school focused, I didn't really know what I wanted to do after I finished school.

I completed school in 1994 and most of my courses have been management development courses through the various companies I have worked for.

In hindsight I would have applied myself more in school and once I had realised that I enjoyed management and working with people I should have studied in this field.

I am lucky in that I have the opportunity now to have my work based experience recognised with the course I am doing through McDonald's and NCI that will result in a degree for me in the future.

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Franchisee - Brenda O Loughlin
Brenda O Loughlin, McDonald'sI chose business studies and accountancy while at school and immediately after school I did an accountants technicians course.  Accountancy was a good choice for me and added to the experience I gained while working for Citibank,  I am comfortable completing my companies P&L's, managing my cash flows and planning financials for the future.  Did I choose well as a student? Luckily yes. 
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Psychologist - Clinical - Elaine MacDonald
Elaine MacDonald, St. Michael's House

I like the way that the Irish school system allows students to study a variety of subjects to get a broad base.

I chose a range of subjects including languages (French and Spanish) which allowed me to make friends and really immerse myself in different cultures during my summers abroad.

I feel that Maths helped me to develop my logical mind, and prepared me well for learning to use statistics which are widely used in Clinical Psychology.

Biology was certainly useful to take in school and is relevant to Clinical Psychology because of its focus on how the human body works and how the brain functions.

English was also useful to the role of Clinical Psychologist as report writing skills are used across the board, and good ability to express yourself both verbally and in writing is very important.

I also feel that my involvement in school sports (hockey and swimming) was important in helping me develop into a person who enjoys being part of a team.

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Analytical Chemist - Brian O'Connor
Brian O'Connor, Smart FuturesBecause I didn’t do my leaving certificate in Ireland I didn’t have to make big choices earlier on in my life. It was when I went to college that I chose the subjects that I wanted to do. I chose to major in Chemistry and to minor in Biology as a Pre Medical School student. In America you have to complete a degree first before you are accepted into medical school. By my third year of college I fell in love with chemistry and no longer wished to go to med school. It is funny how it all worked out but I have no regrets about it. I really enjoy being a chemist. 
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Anaesthetist - Dr Jan Steiner
Dr Jan Steiner, Health Service ExecutiveSpecific subjects that I "specialised" in were German & Biology. None of the subjects chosen in school influenced my career path. 
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Solicitor  - Niamh Cacciato
Niamh Cacciato, Languages ConnectI chose two languages in school- French and German. I had the choice of German or Art and Music. Most people chose Art and Music and there was only one class out of six classes of first year doing two languages. I believe that doing two languages improved my proficiency in language in general and my ability to learn new vocabulary and grasp new concepts.

I realised I was good at working out how to express myself in French and German and I always wanted to learn new words and phrases and this led me to then choose languages as two of my three subjects for an Arts Degree at third level. I knew that I would like to do French at university and then when I learnt that Italian was on offer I thought why not try something new! I also knew that Italian was similar to French as they are both Latin-based languages and I could guess some of the Italian vocabulary from my knowledge of French. 
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