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 James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

James Stewart

Science Communicator

Smart Futures

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James Stewart
Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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Creative?
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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Direct Entry Courses

Direct Entry courses (also referred to as Non-CAO courses) are college courses where application is made directly to the particular college, rather than through the CAO process.

Some of the many private colleges in Ireland offer accredited Degree programmes, equivalent to those in Universities and Institutes of Technology, which may offer an alternative route to the career of your choiceThese are fee paying courses that do not use the competitive 'Points System' to select students.

You can get a list of full-time undergraduate courses on offer in Private colleges using the CAO Wizard on this site. Search using the same criteria used for CAO courses, but look out for courses marked 'Non-CAO' in the results page.

A list of Private Colleges in Ireland is available here.

What are your Career Interests?

Investigative
Investigative
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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