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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

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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Help is at Hand as CAO 2015 Deadline Approaches

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Help is at Hand as CAO 2015 Deadline Approaches

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 

Help is at Hand as CAO 2015 Deadline Approaches

As the CAO application deadline approaches, there are lots of tools available FREE to students, from

If you are still exploring course choices and trying to narrow down your options - help is at hand.

Use the easily accessbile CareersPortal course search tools to help you choose the best courses to suit your interests!

1. No idea of what course you want to do? Try our:

2. Want to see all available courses in a particular study area? Use the Simple Search Tool:

3. Want to see all available courses in a particular college? Use the CAO Simple Seach Wizard by College:

For example: All Courses in DCU

3. Need a CAO Points Calculator?

Available online HERE, or download the iPhone or android CAOCalc App HERE

4. Is the PLC route for you? Explore PLC courses:


5. Want to know what PLC courses lead to a FETAC Award ? Use PLC Simple Search:


All searches have up-to-date courses including details of any New Courses for 2015 EntryDirect Entry courses are also available. 

6. Still not sure what courses are for you?

Why not do an INTEREST PROFILER HERE and see what course choices would suit YOUR particular interests?

7. Alternative routes ....

You can explore FETAC Progression Routes HERE 

How does FETAC work? Check out the FETAC Points Calculator.


The New CAO Video Guide 2015 is available HERE

The CareersPortal Team