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 Mary McCaughey from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:
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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?
One of my biggest gripes about my time in school was the complete lack of any form of career guidance. I left school after the intermediate certificate to take a trade simply because I never considered that I had the ability to do anything else.
Back in the seventies you either took a trade, worked in the civil service, the bank or went to college. I took the trade like my father and his father before him. I would have loved to have studied English and it was the only subject I was any good at. I think that's partly the reason I went to UCC as a mature student, to prove a point to myself that I could actually do it.
So the short answer is that nothing I studied in school influenced me or prepared me for what I'm doing now and that includes the many years I spent trying to remember the Latin for “table” and “farmer” and bits about Hannibal crossing the Alps!