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 Liz Christy from Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:
Think long and hard, listen to advise, plan well and be ready to make sacrifices for job satisfaction…
What are your interests?
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.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
In school I was very interested in history and business. Therefore I went on to study Business and Politics in Trinity College for 4 years.
As part of Accenture’s Strategy Group, I have been able to translate this degree into the real world and gain a greater understanding of Irish business operating in the multi-polar world. Therefore from a client perspective I can appreciate the external factors shaping Irish business.
I also think in choosing a degree with subjects that interested me, I could never settle in a job that didn’t. Accenture is a broad organisation that offers a lot of work variety for its employees.