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 Shane McDonagh from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
Finding what you’d like to do day to day, working in a big team, at a desk, on a site, is as important as the area you want to work in. Just because you like maths in school that doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy accounting, and likewise just because you don’t like physics that doesn’t mean you won’t make a great engineer.
What are your interests?
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
Subjects in school: Physics, Higher Maths, (handy, but not vital, if you wish to pursue a degree - you can still do a cert (NQF Level 6) or Ordinary Degree (NQF Level 7) with pass maths), Agricultural Science, French (a language is a must if you wish to attend most universities).
Advice is to choose courses based on the subjects you like, don't choose a course just because you are told to do a certain course in college. Pick subjects you like and are good at and then make a career choice based on that.