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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.

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...
Design Engineer  - Tracey Roche
Tracey Roche, Analog Devices

My Leaving Cert subjects were as follows: English, Irish, Maths, French (obligatory subjects). My choice subjects were: Accounting, Physics & Chemistry. I did all honours subjects and I think doing honours Maths and English especially really help.

English is not immediately obvious when one thinks of a career in Engineering, but from the point of view of report writing and corresponding with team members and even customers via email etc, it is a very important skill to master.

I was not 100% sure of my career path at the time of choosing the above mentioned "choice-subjects". My way of thinking was, one business subject, one science and another one that I thought I might like or be good at. Physics, Chemistry and Accounting all have a common theme of maths and problem solving, this was my link into Electronic Engineering... In hindsight, had some form of technology or electronics courses been available in my school, I think these might have been helpful. I'm not sure which subject I would have replaced though!

 
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HR Manager - Yvonne Brady
Yvonne Brady, Failte IrelandIn school I took additional subjects in my inter & leaving certificates to maximise my points. Kept my options open with a mixture of science, language & financial subjects.  
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Social Care Worker - Naoise Pye
Naoise Pye, St. Michael's House

I didn't know what I wanted to do when I left school so actually my choice of subjects only reflected my interests (Art, History, French and Classical Studies).

So if I were to do my Leaving cert again I might choose to do home-economics or biology to increase my medical knowledge as well as my cooking and domestic skills!

 
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Automation/Energy Engineer - Donal Og Cusack
Donal Og Cusack, Sustainable Energy AuthorityThe STEM subjects I studied in school were what led me to have an interest in this area of work and if I could go back to my school days I would put an emphasis on studying these subjects more and maybe doing better in them.  
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Catering Sales Executive  - Lisa Curry
Lisa Curry, Careers PortalAs well as the standard leaving certificate subjects I chose History, Business, Home Economics and German. I have always had an interest in history and this is rearing its head once again now that I am in Powerscourt.

The Business Subjects are very important too as they were a vital foundation subject for my college degree. I have a strong aptitude for finance and hope to go on to complete the ACCA exams one day.

I also studied German from the age of 12 through to degree level. Although I am not fluent I have a reasonably good understanding of the language and feel that having an extra language is always beneficial (i.e. in a previous job we had a number of German tour buses visiting the hotel and I often had to speak to the guests in their own language). 
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QA Manager - Michael Bohane
Michael Bohane, BioPharmachem IrelandMy Leaving Cert subjects were Irish, English, Maths, French, Chemistry, Biology and Business Organisation.  My main interest was science so I chose two science subjects and one business related subject to keep things interesting.

My subjects were appropriate for my University course except I was required to take Physics in the first year. This was quite challenging not having taken Physics to Leaving Cert but not impossible. I don't think I would do anything differently if I had to repeat the process. 
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Department of Foreign Affairs - Shane Sargeant
Shane Sargeant, Languages ConnectI am very glad I studied French and Spanish at Leaving Certificate level. I think it is very important to develop language skills as early as possible. 
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Chartered Accountant - Ruth Byrne
Ruth Byrne, Chartered Accountants IrelandIn addition to the three core subjects, I studied French, Business Studies, Home Economics and Accounting for my Leaving Cert. In fourth year in school we completed semesters on a variety of Leaving Cert. subjects. I chose to study business and accounting as I found these subjects interesting and had an aptitude for them. 
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Textile Design/Handweaver - Liz Christy
Liz Christy, Design & Crafts Council of IrelandThe subjects I took at shool all influenced me in different ways. English is very necessary in how I represent myself, Maths is oh so important in so many ways from yarn calculations to understanding numeric’s in business.

Art was very influential in my career path. I was introduced to Impressionism and Monet who is a major inspiration in my current work and marketing mix. 

I wish I was better at Irish and I would use it in my business marketing. History influenced how I relate to current affairs, Home Economics is vital in developing my needlecraft skills which is an important aspect of my business. 

Biology, well I do enjoy gardening as a hobby and my husband is a student psychiatric nurse so a knowledge of biology has come in useful over the years. 
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Corporate Accountant - Gail Sterio
Gail Sterio, McDonald's

I took German, Biology, Accounting and Business Studies along with English, Irish & Maths. I think it is very difficult to choose subjects in school. It feels like the world is on your shoulders and that this choice will have a huge impact on your future career.

The reality these days is that people change and mature at different stages in their life. Many people I know are not working in the area that they studied for in College - let alone school.

In hindsight - I think it is important to study what you are good at as this will enable you to get the points you need for your desired college course. The college course normally does not assume prior knowledge in these subjects and will start with the basics.

 
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