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 Dave McDonald from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Dave McDonald

Astronomer

Smart Futures

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A caring attitude is essential for Health and Safety – you need to be passionate about getting the message across to people and telling them why it is so important. After all, no-one wants to see anyone suffer harm or be in pain.

For astronomy, a yearning for answering the unanswered questions is a must. You also need to be dedicated and focused and not put off by the weather

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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.
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Career Stories from Ireland

Everybody's career journey is different. As you begin yours, or approach the next crossroads along your journey, you will be faced with new challenges and new opportunities. Taking those challenges, preparing for the next step, and growing your career is all part of normal career development.

In this section you can read about the career development of over 150 Irish workers who have taken the time to tell their story so far. We asked all of our interviewees:

  • about their career and its development
  • about their current job
  • about their education and training
  • about themselves
  • for their advice relating to their current job

Their stories are provided directly and without editing, and provide a unique insight into both the job roles and the career choices made by people from the length and breath of Ireland. Additionally they provide a unique insight into the organisations they work for. Most interviews are also accompanied with videos shot in their workplace - providing yet another insight into the workplace.

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Do What You Say You're Going To Do

  

Do what you say you're going to do and people will trust you, believe you, and like you. You're "word" is who you are. This is how people judge you.