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The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Subject Choice for Leaving Cert...

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

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the  students who sat the Ordinary 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...
Apprentice Electrician - Mark Maguire
Mark	Maguire, Construction Industry FederationI took constructions studies for my Leaving Certificate and I found it fascinating and challenging. Maths plays a big role with my job and it is always good to have a good knowledge of it for the trade. 
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Prison Officer - Margaret Donaghue
Margaret Donaghue, Public Appointments ServiceI would have been out of the school system for many years before this opportunity came about so as far as subjects in school go, it would not have been a big factor. However I would say that the skills I gained through life so far have been of immense benefit. My main piece of advice would be to learn from everything you encounter in life and try as much as you can along the way. 
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Transport Infrastructure Ireland - Ciaran MacSamhrain
Ciaran MacSamhrain, Languages ConnectIrish, English, French, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Latin (I failed Latin(!) but only concentrated on 6 subjects because, at least at that time, all colleges only counted up to 6 subjects when calculating entry points). I stayed in Honours Maths and choose Physics in order to not rule out opting for engineering. I would not have done anything differently in hindsight.  
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Beauty Therapist - Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh, Languages ConnectFrench has always stood to me and I believe that business studies has given me a brief insight into the career I have chosen and how to run a business etc.  
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Science Entrepreneur - Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly, BioPharmachem Ireland

I did the following subjects for my Leaving Cert: Irish, English, Maths, French, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting and Applied Maths.

When choosing my subjects in 5th year in School I deliberately ensured that I did at least one business and one science subject because this gave me more flexibility in my choice of courses. I would recommend this strategy - particularly for those who aren't sure what they wish to study in college.

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Opera Singer - Sharon Carty
Sharon Carty, Languages ConnectMy advice if you're uncertain about choosing subjects is to choose things you're interested in, rather than what you think will be good for your career. A broad education will serve you really well not only in terms of college options, but also can enrich your life outside of school and work. I have a huge interest in astronomy and loved studying physics in school, and although I'd never have had the talent in Maths to study it at 3rd level or have a career in it, it meant I can really enjoy reading popular science books and keep up with what's going on in space exploration, as a hobby. For Leaving Certificate I studied English, Irish, Maths, Physics, Music, Biology, German and Classical Studies. Looking back, the subjects I did (specifically English, Music, Classics and German) meant that I was well-equipped with a lot of background knowledge that was helpful in my career as a singer, in terms of literature, language and musical training. Without having studied Music at 2nd level, with the wonderful teacher I had, I am 100% certain I wouldn't be a singer today. 
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Teacher - Special Needs - Padraig Parle
Padraig Parle, Department of Education and SkillsHistory, Biology, French, Art, Maths, Irish and English.  Taking Art for my Leaving Cert. enabled me to go to Art College, but it was the Honours Irish which was essential to get into Primary Teaching 
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European Commission - Fergal Donnelly
Fergal Donnelly, Languages ConnectIt's understandable not to have clear subject choices at a young age. The best advice is to go for what you're good at and to chuck what you don't like. Only vague ambitions at this stage are appropriate. The rest will follow in due course. 
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Process Engineer - Rebecca Tighe
Rebecca Tighe, IntelPhysics, Biology, Higher level maths. I think physics and maths played a huge role in influencing my career decisions. Physics allowed me to develop an interest in understanding how things work and what the practical limitations on designs are. While maths allowed me to develop the logical thinking and problem solving skills which are essential to engineers in their every day jobs.  
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Customer Care Manager - Nicole Feighery
Nicole Feighery, InsuranceI concentrated on sciences during school, science is all about finding answers to the unknown and my need to satisfy my own curiosity is what I believe makes me good at what I do. If there is a better way of doing something, I will endeavour to find it! 
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