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.

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I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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Video: Irish Scientists in the European Space Agency

The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland promotes space as a theme to inspire and engage young people in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Space is fascinating to people of all ages, it is all around us and inspires us in many different ways. Space is the ultimate cross-curricular theme cutting across history, geography, science, maths, literature, religion!

ESERO Ireland makes space themed resources accessible to teachers as a tool to engage their pupils. It also works to highlight the associated applications from space technology and raises awareness of the large range of career possibilities in the space domain.

ESERO Ireland is co-funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Discover Science and Engineering (DSE).

Careers in the Space Industry

The Space Industry offers a wide variety of careers and opportunities.  You might be surprised at the variety of opportunities across maths, physics, chemistry, engineering and computing.

Read career stories directly from people working in the industry HERE.