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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

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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Killester College of Further Education

Killester College of Further Education


Science - Pre University

Code:  5M3807
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Further Information...

This course title says it all! This course is a fantastic route into Third level science degrees. Our past students are in TCD, UCD, DIT and NUIM.

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Engineer   Production Manager - Engineering  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Toxicologist  
Engineer - Chemical   Geochemist  
Industrial Chemist   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Haematologist  
Geneticist   Genetic Engineer  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Engineer - Production & Process   
Medicinal Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Engineer - Petroleum   Colour Technologist  
Engineer - Biochemical   Pharmacologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Biomedical Scientist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Laboratory Manager  
Genetic Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Pharmacist  
Microbiologist   Immunologist  
Laboratory Technician   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Scientist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Computational Physicist   Particle Physicist  
Laser Physicist   Physicist  
Mathematician   Acoustics Physicist  
Engineer - Nanosystems   Science Communicator  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nuclear  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Test / Validation  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Earth Science & Environment
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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