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 John Harding from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

John Harding

Mechanical Engineer

ESB

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  John Harding
To be an engineer, a person must firstly have a degree. Having an interest in what you are working at is always half the battle. Being technically minded is also a great benefit.
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Work down through the following 5 steps. It's OK to skip steps if you wish.

1. Select study areas (max 4)

Select one, two, three or four career areas that interest you most (you can return to this screen as often as you like to make different selections).
 

Living Environment

 
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    Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food      
 


Science & Engineering (STEM)

 
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    Electronic & Electrical Engineering Physical & Mathematical Sciences    
    Medical Devices Earth Science & Environment    
    Space Science and Technology        
 


Medical & Caring

 
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Artistic & Creative

 
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    Fashion & Beauty        
 


Arts & Social Sciences

 
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Politics & EU
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement    
    Classic Arts, Languages & Culture Law & Legal    
    Media & Publishing Education    
    Leisure, Sport & Fitness Tourism & Hospitality    
    Community & Voluntary        
 


Business & Administration

 
    Business Organisation & Business Management Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations    
    Accountancy & Taxation Clerical & Administration    
    Sales, Retail & Purchasing Banking, Insurance & Financial Services    
    Transport & Logistics        
   

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2. Choose a level...

Select the qualification levels you want to include in your search:
 
  Levels 6 & 7
(Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree)

Level 8
(Honours Degree, Higher Diploma)
     

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3. Estimate your CAO points...

Enter the total points score from your best 6 subjects, and add at least 50!
 
  Note: Don't underestimate the points you can achieve. Click here for Points Calculator

 

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4. Course Requirements...

Some courses have specific requirements. Tick the boxes that apply to you:
 
  Maths Level Foundation Ordinary Higher
   
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5. What Region or College...

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Or confine your list to one college only:
 

College...


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6. Include Non-CAO courses...

 


Some colleges offer courses directly to students outside of the CAO application system. Applications are made directly to the college. Points are not used for entry, although there may be specific subject requirements. Course fees apply.  

Feel free to return to this page to increase or reduce your course list by changing your responses to any of the steps above.