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 Smith from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:


John Smith

Engineer - Process


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  John Smith
On a personal level you need to be a good team player, good communicator and organised. From a technical viewpoint a background in physical sciences or engineering is essential. A PhD in semiconductor related field would prove extremely beneficial. The opportunities are vast within a company the size of Intel so you do have the option to change career direction if needed.

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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up March 13th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up March 13th

Friday, March 13, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up March 13th

Only two companies made jobs announcements this week however, Intel are NOW recruiting and JobsIreland have added over 2,000 new positions. Click on the links below for full details.

  • INTEL Ireland Fab 24 NOW Recruiting - Intel Ireland are currently looking for a large number of Level 6 and Level 7 Engineering graduates for its Fab 24 facility in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

AND ...

  • You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 16,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

Are you a Jobseeker?

Explore lots of valuable information HERE to help you with your search.

Useful Statistics:

2,168 New positions advertised this week (2 March - 8 March)

19, 629 New positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.93m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014)
  • 10.1% is the current unemployment rate (Jan 2015) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 5.7% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 213,600 people unemployed (Q4 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

Career Planning…

  • Janssen Mechanical Engineering Scholarship at CIT - The School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering at CIT is delighted to announce the inaugural CIT-Janssen Scholarship. Application for this scholarship is now open to any student who has applied through the CAO to study the CIT Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (CR108).

National Career Skills Competition

Want to win a MacBook Air?


  • CAO 1st Preference data released - The Central Applications Office (CAO) has released 2015 application data up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of March 1st.
  • New Online Resource for 2nd Level Business Students and Teachers - Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, launched this week, a new online resource for teachers and students of Leaving Certificate Business and Economics. The site provides a number of learning resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom or at home.

CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

Click here for details.

Calculate your Leaving Cert Points FREE App - It's time for Leaving Cert students to add the Leaving Cert Points Calculator App to their 2015 Exam Toolkit!

The CareersPortal Team