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 James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

James Stewart

Science Communicator

Smart Futures

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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.
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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.
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Deirdre Kelleghan

Deirdre Kelleghan
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Dr Arlene O'Neill

Dr Arlene O'Neill
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Cian O'Mahony

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Sinead Kenny

Sinead Kenny
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Shane Callanan

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Analytical Chemist
Brian O'Connor

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James Stewart

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Karl Stanley

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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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Karl Stanley
"At the moment I am working with a group of young people, teaching them how to plan, shoot and edit a short film"
Science Communicator
James Stewart
"Our main job is to deliver the science workshops, which includes coming up with the experiments and how to explain the science behind them"
Science Communicator
Brian Macken
"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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Sinead Kenny
"Engineers are the same all over the world. There are technical problems to solve, and we love to solve them!!!"
Electronic Engineer
Shane Callanan
"I was awarded a scholarship from Intel to pursue a career in science so I chose applied physics in Dublin City University"
Physicist
Dr Arlene O'Neill
"I work with data from the magnetometer on the Cassini spacecraft which is in orbit around the planet Saturn"
Planetary Scientist
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