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 Des Lalor from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Des Lalor

Wind Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Des Lalor
Go for it – it’s a great job.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Night Classes

Whether you are looking for a sociable way to learn a language or whether you are looking to gain a particular formal qualification, the range of night classes available throughout Ireland should provide you with what you need.

Night classes take place during term time in Education and Training Boards (ETBs), SOLAS Training Centres, schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. The courses on offer vary from centre to centre so it is worth looking around if you have a particular interest you would like to pursue.

In general you need to enrol a few weeks before the course starts. Enrolment takes place around mid September, again in mid-January and, in those centres with a summer term, around mid-March.

Normally, night classes are advertised locally - for example in your local newspaper, community centre, health centre, school, parish hall, etc. Your local ETB, college, secondary school and SOLAS Training Centre will also be able to give you details on the courses that are on in your area and when they begin.

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Note: choose 'lifelong learning' or 'short courses' from the Course Type selector, and narrow your choices by 'Career Area' and location for best results.
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My job involves me constantly learning. This is both in terms of formal courses (mostly day-long seminars etc) as well as informally as I build up experience through the daily carrying out of my job.
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