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 Deirdre Sayers from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.
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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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Computer and software engineering involves developing new software and hardware for computers by combining the skills of both electronic engineering and computer science. Engineers design, produce and test programmes, networks, chips, and processors.

The first two years of the programme will provide learners with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in: computing and programming languages, software, digital and analogue electronics, electrical science, and engineering mathematics. At the end of the second year, students can select a major option from five available – Electronic Engineering, Computer & Communications Engineering, Robotics Control & Software Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering, and a General option.


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