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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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Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Civil Service - Staff Officer

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Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€34k > 46 
Civil Service - Staff Officer
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€34 - 46 
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Last Updated: April, 2015

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Intermediate role in a government department reporting to the Executive Officer.

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The competencies required for the Staff Officer role in the public services are as follows:

Thinking Analysis/ Problem Solving

  • Accurately gathers information required and presents it clearly;
  • demonstrates thoroughness and accuracy in tracking back information.
  • Considers issues thoroughly before making proposals/ recommendations.
  • Handles and manipulates numerical information.

Decision Making & Judgment

  • Evaluates information available before making decisions.
  • Follows through on decisions made, taking responsibility where appropriate.

People - Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Demonstrates tact and diplomacy when dealing with others, treats others with respect and builds rapport by remaining polite and approachable at all times with others.
  • Team-working Team Facilitation; Empowers team members to work towards team goals using a balance of participation, guidance and devolved decision making.

Results Planning & Managing Resources

  • Plans and prioritises to meet targets, delegates work appropriately, monitors and reviews progress against plans and develops contingency plans to ensure targets are met.

Managing & Developing People Getting the Best from Others;

  • Supervises others by providing clear direction and monitoring performance and attendance.
  • Provides coaching and development when required.
  • Delegates tasks, distributes work fairly and treats others consistently.
  • Values and rewards the contribution of others.

Customer Focus

  • Demonstrates commitment to meeting the needs of both internal and external customers in an efficient and effective way.

Commitment to Quality Results

  • Strives to achieve quality by checking and monitoring work for accuracy and ensuring guidelines and procedures are followed.

Personal Self Awareness, Development & Confidence

  • Is committed to developing own knowledge base and applies this.  

Flexibility & Change Orientation

  • Shows openness and a willingness to adopt new ways of working and involves others in change.
  • Implements change.

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Last Updated: April, 2015

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  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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