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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer


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  Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Studying Abroad

Time spent studying abroad enriches a student’s life, academically and in future career terms. The experience improves foreign language development, intercultural skills, self-reliance and self-awareness. Employers value experience abroad - it can increase the students' employability and job prospects going forward.

Students opt to study abroad for different reasons: as an alternative to points pressure and the CAO system; lower entry requirements; access to courses that are not available in Ireland; or, you may simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland.

It is important to carefully consider the differences between studying here and abroad - Application procedures, duration of courses, fees, living expenses etc. as part of making an informaed decision.

The menu items in this area provide summary information on Studying in the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Each section is presented under the headings above to help with your decision-making process.

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