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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

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  Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Third Secretary- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

"All new Third Secretaries undertake language lessons and there are many more training opportunities." Carol Staunton, Third Secretary- Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. 

I graduated from NUI Galway with a PhD in Sociology in 2013 and, after working for some time in the pharmaceutical sector, I joined the Institute of Technology, Tralee as a Research Assistant on the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness.

Working with various state agencies, international organisations and interlocutors on the programme prepared me well for life in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which began in March 2015 when I entered the diplomatic stream as a Third Secretary.

Since then, I have been assigned to the Department’s Trade Division, where I work on economic messaging and cultural relations. My role is varied and dynamic; I speak with colleagues abroad every day and meet with various national stakeholders with one goal in mind – to promote Ireland abroad.

The Department’s work in this area has contributed greatly to the signs of economic recovery that we are beginning to see, and being a part of that work has been a real education. While I am firmly focused on my current responsibilities, one eye is always on future postings abroad.

All new Third Secretaries undertake language lessons and there are many more training opportunities besides, which have enhanced my skill-set and my overall experience in the Department so far. It’s been a wonderful journey from the recruitment process to commencing my service, and I thoroughly recommend it.

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Article by: Carol Staunton