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 Brenda O Loughlin from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

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I guess I would tell anyone considering this job that they need to be able to multi task, have good people and communication skills and be prepared to work hard.
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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.
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"Engineers are the same all over the world. There are technical problems to solve, and we love to solve them!!!"
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"The purpose of technology is to automate the things that people are bad at, so they can spend more time doing things they are good at"
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"The coolest thing of all is to hear that the device has worked and that the quality of life of patients has improved."
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"At the moment I am working with a group of young people, teaching them how to plan, shoot and edit a short film"
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"Our main job is to deliver the science workshops, which includes coming up with the experiments and how to explain the science behind them"
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Brian Macken
"I was awarded a scholarship from Intel to pursue a career in science so I chose applied physics in Dublin City University"
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"I work with data from the magnetometer on the Cassini spacecraft which is in orbit around the planet Saturn"
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Caitriona Jackman

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SmartFutures Logo Smart Futures is a government-industry programme providing science, technology, engineering andmaths (STEM) careers information to second-level students, parents, teachers and careers guidance counsellors in Ireland.

Check out the numerous resources on the Smart Futures website such as:

  • Career videos with people working in areas such as food and sports science, cybersecurity, engineering, energy, app development, biotechnology, medical devices and lots more.
  • Read career interviews profiling people working in STEM in our blog series ‘Career Stories’ or simply
  • Look up a career by entering a keyword (e.g chemistry) in the search box.

Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme. It is supported by 50+ organisations such as Novartis, SAP, IBM and Zurich, as well as bodies like BioPharma Ireland, the Royal Society of Chemistry, ICT Ireland, the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) and The Institute of Physics