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 Barry Kelly from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:


Barry Kelly

Merchandising Manager



  Barry Kelly

To have great patience, to be very organized, to be a good leader, excellent communication skills, hard working, drive to succeed, customer focused, good people person and interested in retail.


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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O'Fiaich Institute

Engineering Studies

Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers 
The following occupations are related to the area of study for this course. Click on the occupations to explore further.
Naval Architect   Engineer - Computer Hardware  
Computer Systems Technician   Engineer - Software  
Engineer - Electronic   Engineer - Electrical  
Engineer - Telecommunications   Engineer - Automation  
Engineer - Electrical Control   Engineer - Mechanical  
Engineer - Aeronautical   Process Development Scientist  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Patent Examiner  
Engineer - Energy   Electrician  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Aerial & Satellite Installers  
Engineering Technician - Electronics   Auto Electrician  
Electrical Instrumentation Craftsperson   Engineer - Automotive  
Electronics Service Engineer   Electronic Equipment Assemblers  
Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson   Telecommunications Technician  
Office Equipment Service Technician   Engineering Technician - Electrical   
Engineer - Design & Development   Domestic Appliance Service Technician  
Technical Service Agent   Electrical Power Plant Operator  
Foundry Worker   Engineering Machine Operator  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Engineering Craft Machinist  
General Assistant - Factory   Polymer Technician  
Patternmaker   Plastics Process Worker  
Presser - Clothes   Manufacturing Technician  
Paint Sprayer   Tyre/Exhaust Fitter  
Colour Technician, Textiles   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Mechanic   Packer - Heavy Goods  
Horologist   Locksmith  
Blacksmith   Engineer - Manufacturing  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Warehouse Assistant  
Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater   Roustabout - Roughneck  
Light Industry Assembler   Sewing Machinist  
Motor Vehicle Technician   Bottling Worker  
Brewery Worker   Refrigeration Craftsperson  
Packer - Light Goods   Broadcasting Engineer  
Engineer - Marine    

Career Sectors related to this course:
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.
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
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FETAC Progression routes to Higher Education. 1 Route(s)
This course leads to a FETAC Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO. To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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