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 Ian McKinley from Languages Connect to give some advice for people considering this job:
It needs to be something that you really love to do. When you have to train during winter it can be difficult so you have to be mentally strong.
What are your interests?
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.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I 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.