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 Donal Kane from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Donal Kane

Plumber / Construction Super.

Construction Industry Federation

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Donal Kane
Once you’re willing to listen, take advice and work hard there are many options for career paths / future development.
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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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Accountancy & Taxation 

   Working mainly in business, recording details of financial transactions and providing advice on financial and tax matters.

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations 

   Creating advertising, managing marketing campaigns, and ensuring that a company is always seen in the best possible light.

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food 

   Working with the land, managing livestock, crops, and the environment. Working with the production and distribution of food, and its safety.

Animals & Veterinary Science 

   Looking after the health and welfare of animals.

Art, Craft & Design 

   Producing new pieces of art, craft or designs.

Banking, Insurance & Financial Services 

   Providing services to the public and business through banking, insurance, fund management and other forms of financial services.

Building, Construction & Property 

   Working in the planning, building, selling or management of construction projects (housing estates, roads, warehouses etc.).

Business Organisation & Management 

   Involved in the running of a business, helping it grow and develop, operate efficiently, meet business objectives and manage its workforce.

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 

   Creating high quality drugs or chemicals, testing them to ensure they are effective and safe, and monitoring their effect on people and the environment.

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   Working for the government to ensure the efficient and correct running of the country.

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