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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Leaving Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Leaving Cert in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Students normally choose 6 to 8 subjects from the list. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although two subjects, Irish and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Students following the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) take 6 or 7 Leaving Certificate subjects and two additional Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students follow a self-contained pre-vocational programme made up of a range of courses that are structured round three elements: Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical
  more...  Construction Studies
  more...  Engineering
  more...  Design & Comm Graphics
  more...  Technology
Science
  more...  Agricultural Science
  more...  Applied Maths
  more...  Biology
  more...  Chemistry
  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Physics
  more...  Physics and Chemistry
Artistic
  more...  Art
  more...  Music
Humanities
  more...  Arabic
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  English
  more...  French
  more...  Irish
  more...  German
  more...  Hebrew Studies
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Japanese
  more...  Latin
  more...  Russian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  Other Language
  more...  Ancient Greek
Social
  more...  Geography
  more...  Home Economics
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  Religious Education (Non Exam)
  more...  Politics & Society
Business
  more...  Accounting
  more...  Business
  more...  Economics
  more...  Agricultural Economics
  more...  LCVP Link Modules