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

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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).

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education


Enrolment Day 2016

Ballsbridge College of FE is holding an Enrolment Day on Wednesday, 18th May from 2.00pm-4.00pm. All are welcome.

Courses cover areas such as accounting; marketing and advertising; criminology; social studies; auctioneering; event management; applied psychology; web design and multimedia; human resources; IT skills; media; law and international aid and development. 

The college also offers courses in health sector studies; community development; start your own business, Chinese with business; digital marketing; EFL and TEFL. All courses include a work placement component.

Students can also available of internships opportunities abroad. Ballsbridge College welcomes and supports all students and strives to provide a learning environment that is inclusive and supportive of all ages, background and experience. 

Mature students and social welfare recipients are particularly welcome.

The college is equipped to the highest standards in information and communication technology and offers various students supports such as career guidance and counselling, student tutoring and a virtual learning environment.

The college is located in Ballsbridge and is easily accessible by bus, Dart and Luas from all parts of the city and beyond. 

It is a pleasant 20 minute walk from Grafton Street. For further details on how to find the college and additional details on the college’s courses please visit the college website at, contact the college at 01-6684806 or email

All the college's courses provide students with the knowledge and skills required to work in their chosen employment sector or to use the award to progress to Higher Education. VTOS and BTEA places are available.

Contact Details:

Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Phone: (01) 668 4806       Email: