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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

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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The underground car park of the Westbury Hotel, Dublin is the unlikely venue of this year’s hotly anticipated NCAD Fashion Show. The event has become a staple in Ireland’s Design calendar and offers a rare opportunity for first glance at the collections of thirty two soon-to-be Fashion Graduates of NCAD – Ireland’s leading producer of cutting-edge designers.

Sponsored by Brown Thomas, the event will feature an eclectic mix of design from highly conceptual garments to ready-to-wear, high-street pieces to brand new visionary creations and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in NCAD, Art and Fashion Design.The overall winner will be awarded the prestigious “Designer to Watch” title as well as a €4,000 bursary and an installation of designs in Create at Brown Thomas in July 2016.

The Annual NCAD Fashion Show Gala Event will take place on Tuesday, 10th May 2016, at 4pm and 7pm in the underground carpark of The Westbury.

  Booking is essential! Purchase your tickets here!