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 James Ryan from Coillte to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

James Ryan

Engineer - Chemical

Coillte

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  James Ryan

To have a career in engineering you have to be a problem solver. Engineering involves managing, analysing, communicating and problem solving so it helps to be a versitile individual. My backround is in chemical and process engineering and it would be necessary to have an interest in chemistry, physics, maths and also more practical applications.

I would advise someone who would be interested in a job in engineering to study hard for your leaving certificate and in college and your interest in certain areas should drive you on. If you were interested in a job in Medite you should be a hands on person and very interested in your work. There is a wide variety of work in Medite so you should be able to adapt to deal with what is assigned to you.

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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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