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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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Jason Ruane

Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Changing Jobs / Careers

Thinking about changing your job or career direction?

Most people these days will change jobs from time to time - perhaps because they are made redundant, or  because the job no longer satisfies them, or they see a new, more interesting opportunity.

There are lots of things to consider. Firstly, are you absolutly sure you want to change? And if so, do you want a job that is a continuation of your existing career direction, or do you want to do something completly different?

Have you considered what type of employment you would look for - fulltime, job sharing, maybe self employment? Our section on Changing Jobs provides a guide to some of the challenges and decisions that are part of the process of change in your career.

To explore these options, go to our section on Changing Job


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