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What are your interests?

Social?

Social

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

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The world around us is fragile, human activity threatens to push it over the edge in many ways, including by encroaching on wild animals homes, driving forward climate change and polluting the sea with plastic. Many jobs involve working to protect the environment, environmental scientists study damage to the environment, engineers and businesspeople investigate ways to solve environmental issues and environmental inspectors ensure that laws protecting the environment are being followed. It is not the highest paying sector, but many who work in the sector are passionate about the earth so find the work immensely rewarding.

Skills

    science, geology, data analysis & statistics, communication, research & development, critical thinking, geography, complying with regulations, problem solving, engineering, physics, analysing systems, managing resources, animal care, observation and assessment,

Key Facts

2030
The target date for Ireland's Climate Change commitments under the Paris Accords
1.5
degrees the tempatrure increase limit targeted by the Paris Agreement
16%
the stated target for amount of energy generated through renewable sources by 2020
420
million years since two colliding continents created the roots of Ireland's complex geology

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