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Realist?

Realist

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.

Leaving Cert Subjects

Practical Group

Construction Studies
Engineering
Design & Comm Graphics
Technology

Science Group

Agricultural Science
Applied Maths
Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics
Physics and Chemistry
Computer Science

Artistic & Creative Group

Art
Music

Humanities Group

Arabic
Classical Studies
English
French
Gaeilge
German
Hebrew Studies
History
Italian
Japanese
Latin
Russian
Spanish
Other Language
Ancient Greek

Social Group

Geography
Home Economics
Religious Education
Religious Education (Non Exam)
Physical Education
Politics & Society

Business Group

Accounting
Business
Economics
Agricultural Economics
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What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

I knew by the time I started studying for the Leaving Cert, that I did not want to work in an area related to the Sciences so accordingly, I did not take up any of the science subjects.

I focused on languages, business and history as I had a good idea that I would eventually study and subsequently work in one of these areas, they being the subjects I was most interested in at school.

I proceeded to study history and politics at college. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do after, but enjoyed reading and learning about these subjects, and had a desire to work in a related area, if possible.

Personally, I have no regrets with my study choices. I enjoyed studying them, which I think is a vital factor, and I think they helped me entering the Civil Service, and continue to do so in terms of the fact that I have some understanding of the mechanics of the governmental and public system, even if it is often quite theoretical!

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