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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


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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IT Alliance announces 100 new Tech Jobs

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IT Alliance announces 100 new Tech Jobs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 

IT Alliance announces 100 new Tech Jobs

Dublin-based IT outsourcing company IT Alliance is expanding significantly as the Irish tech jobs market continues to improve. Already employing 500 people, the company plans to expand their workforce by hiring 100 new staff.

The roles will be across various tech and project manager roles, reflecting demand across three aspects of the tech environment – IT multinationals, the corporate sector and the move towards cloud.

We have noticed a significant increase in demand as a result of growing business confidence since the summer,” says IT Alliance’s Dara Mullen.

“Many companies are now moving ahead on IT projects which had previously been shelved because of the downturn.

“This is reflected in the fact in 2015 companies are looking to hire IT teams rather than one or two contractors, as was the case this time last year. For the first time since the financial crash of 2008, we are also seeing more buoyancy in rates for specific contractors.”

Commenting on particular skills that were in demand across the whole Irish IT industry, she referred to:

  • Cloud architects
  • Programme managers
  • SharePoint
  • .NET
  • Java and
  • Technical architects

According to research conducted by IT Alliance group, across its customer base, project managers are the most in-demand roles at the moment. Software developers – including SharePoint, Java, .NET, CRM, testing and analysts – are next in line, with infrastructure experts like technical architects, datacentre specialists and cloud consultants rounding off the top three.

For more information on careers with IT Alliance click here. Current job vacancies with IT Alliance can also be found on

The company will be in attendance at Career Zoo on 21st February at Dublin’s Convention Centre for an opportunity to meet face to face with company employees. 

The announcement follows Morgan McKinley’s latest report which highlighted the buoyancy of the ICT sector nationally with an increased demand for permanent and contract professionals particularly for developers with experience in programming languages such as Java, .Net and UI.

Learn more about the thriving IT sector in Ireland.


The CareersPortal Team