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 Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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  Mark	Maguire
The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.
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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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Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) has earned a reputation as the leading higher education provider in the North East of Ireland.  The DkIT campus which is a 90-acre (360,000 m2) site, situated in Dundalk, County Louth is positioned halfway between the two largest cities on the island of Ireland, Belfast and Dublin (each approximately 80 kilometers away). 

At DkIT you are offered the opportunity to build your qualifications over time, from Higher Certificate through to Degree, Masters and Doctorate Level. The College is committed to ensuring that students are afforded the opportunity to develop their full potential in a professional and supportive environment.

The college has four Schools, and each School has several Departments offering a wide range of courses. You can also study part-time at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

College is not just about studying, lectures, assignments, project work and exams. College is a place to call home, it’s about discovering new interests, and it’s about communities, friendships and opportunities. We understand that going to college can be a challenging time.

That’s why the personal support offered in Dundalk Institute of Technology is second to none.  Whether you need help settling in, guidance on achieving your potential, a reference for a job or just a friendly listening ear, there is always someone for you to talk to in DkIT.

Student Support Services in DkIT include:

* Students’ Union
* Student Health Unit
* Student Counselling Service
* Chaplaincy Services
* Access Office
* Disability and Student Quality
* Student Learning and Development Centre
* Careers Service
* Sports and Societies
* Computing Services
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* Library
* Work Placement Office
* International Office

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Undergraduate at DKIT
We have a range of exciting and relevant programmes in the fields of Science, Engineering, Business, Health, Humanities, Hospitality, Computing, Music, Video and Film, and Creative Multimedia. For more information on Undergraduate Courses please click here

Postgraduate Study at DkIT
Postgraduate study in DkIT can be undertaken though study on a taught Master’s programme or by research, initially at Master’s level and subsequently at PhD level.  Postgraduate study is challenging but the rewards are many and include advanced academic achievement, increased career opportunities and personal satisfaction on many levels.  For more information on Postraduate opportunities please click here.

Erasmus Programme at DKIT
At Dundalk Institute of Technology, we have developed links with many universities throughout Europe to facilitate the mobility of students and staff both to and from the university. A key purpose of the programme is to expand and enrich students' university experience by allowing them to do part of their academic work in another European university.

Foundation Courses at DKIT
We offer a number of Foundation/Bridging Programmes to assist students raise their English or academic level to a point where they may start undergraduate or postgraduate programmes of study.

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