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 Shane Callanan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Shane Callanan

Electronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).
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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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Back to Work - Employee


Back to Work Allowance - Employee

The Back to Work Allowance Scheme was set-up to encourage unemployed people (among others) to take up employment and was aimed at people getting a social welfare payment for a certain period of time.

People participating in this scheme kept a percentage of their social welfare payment, along with secondary benefits, for a period of up to three years. The percentage of your payment retained is called the Back to Work Allowance and is not subject to taxation or social insurance (PRSI). 

 

Note: The Back to Work Allowance (Employee) Scheme closed to new applicants from 1 May 2009. For more information click here
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I hope to undertake further studies in management and business to complement my Engineering degree.
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