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

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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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Dublin Institute of Technology

Open Day

Are you considering a course in Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts or Food Technology?

The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at DIT will host its next Open Day in April.

Date: 6th of April 2016

Time: 2-5 p.m

Venue: DIT Cathal Brugha St. Dublin 1 (at the north end of O'Connell St.)

 School of Hospitality Management and Tourism programmes:

  • Level 8 BSc International Hospitality Management (DT401)
  • Level 7 BA Hospitality Management (DT408)
  • Level 8 BSc Tourism Marketing (DT412)
  • Level 7 BA Tourism Management (DT406)
  • Level 8 BSc Event Management (DT 413)
  • Level 7 BA Leisure Management (DT 411)

School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology programmes:

  • Level 6 Higher Certificate in Food Sales & Culinary Practice (DT404)
  • Level 8 BSc Culinary Science (DT405)
  • Level 8 BSc Culinary Arts (DT407)
  • Level 8 BSc Culinary Entrepreneurship (DT416)
  • Level 8 BSc Bar Studies (Management & Entrepreneurship) (DT417)
  • Level 7 BSc Baking & Pastry Arts Management (DT418)
  • Level 6 Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (Professional Practice) (DT432A)

There will be the possibilty to meet staff and students of programmes in Culinary Arts, Culinary Science, Culinary Entrepreneurship, Bar Studies (Management & Entrepreneurship) and Baking and Pasty Arts Management, Food Sales & Culinary Practice and Culinary Arts (Professional Practice).

Full details click here.

Video: Studying Tourism & Hospitality at DIT

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