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What are your interests?

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.

Mechanical Engineering Careers Advice

Mechanical Engineering Careers Advice

What advice do you have for school leavers?

If science excites you, studying physics at third level gives you an enormous range of options. You won’t be tied to a specific career but rather can take the time to develop your specific interests.

Your numerical, analytical and team working skills will increase significantly – all areas which are in high demand from employers. Take a look at the Institute of Physics in Ireland web site for more details on careers in this area.

You will also find a wide variety of science career videos and interviews with people working in STEM careers on Smart Futures.

What advice do you have for graduates?

There are good opportunities for graduates in areas such as electronics, computer hardware manufacturing and software design.

Employers range from large multinationals such as Intel, Hewlett Packard and Medtronics to small companies often in a start up phase in areas such as medical devices, telecommunications or computer animation/gaming.

Consider taking a postgraduate degree. This can significantly increase your earning power. This can be done immediately after your first degree or you can work for a few years and then come back to your studies. Some companies will fund or facilitate additional learning.

What advice do you have for career changers?

Evaluate your own strengths. Consider whether or not you need a short course in some area of technology which interests you?

Members of the Institute of Physics can get one-to-one advice from trained careers counsellors with expertise on the physics sector.

What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?

Consider taking short courses to bring your skills up-to-date, particularly in relation to computing and communications.