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


Jason Ruane

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 17th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 17th

Friday, April 17, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 17th

This week saw several jobs announcements nationwide with some companies NOW recruiting. The deadline for The Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship programme is also fast approaching. Click on the links below for full details.

Now Recruiting …

Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme NOW OPEN – The application process will close at 5pm on Saturday 25 April.

Recruitment Open Evening for 60 jobs with Hays - Recruitment company Hays has announced 60 full-time jobs for its Irish offices. The roles on offer are for consultants, across all specialist divisions of the company.

Seasonal Guides with Fluent Irish Wanted - The Office of Public Works is recruiting Seasonal Guides/Information Officers. Application deadline is Midday Thursday 23rd April 2015.

12 New Jobs with Carlow Brewing Company - Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery, has today announced that it plans to create 12 new jobs at its headquarters.

Jobs Coming on Stream …

50 Jobs with CurrencyFair for Dublin - Dublin based foreign currency exchange service CurrencyFair has received €10 million in funding enabling the creation of at least 50 jobs.

80 Jobs for Cork with Global Shares - Global Shares, a software company headquartered in Clonakilty, Co Cork, is to create up to 80 jobs as part of a three-year expansion plan.

50 New Jobs for Mallow with EPS Group - The EPS Group, a provider of water and wastewater treatment and pumping solutions, is to create 50 new jobs as part of a €3 million expansion at its plant in Mallow.

100 New Jobs with Mobile Tech Company MOVIDIUS – 100 new jobs have been announced at mobile technology company MOVIDIUS in Dublin.

28 New Jobs for Limerick with Payback Loyalty - Payback Loyalty, the market leader in digital consumer engagement technology in Ireland, plans to double its workforce with the creation of 28 new jobs in Limerick’s National Technology Park.

12 New Jobs for Clonmel with ENBIO Space Technology Centre - Damien English T.D. Minister of State for Skills, Research & Innovation officially opened a new €1.5M Space Technology Centre at ENBIO in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary on the 14th of April creating 12 new jobs.

You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 30,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

AND ...

Working Visas for Canada - Round one of VISA applications for Irish people to live and work in Canada were snapped up by 4,000 applicants in 12 minutes on Tuesday 14th April. Round 2 is currently open - for more information click here.

Are you a Jobseeker?

Lots of valuable information HERE

to help you with your search.

Useful Statistics ...

2,337 New positions advertised this week 6th March – 12th April

30,453 New positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.938m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014)
  • 10% is the current unemployment rate (March 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)

(Source: #AllAboutJobs)

Career Planning

SUSI Opens for Grant Applications April 23rd - Anyone considering entering higher or further education in autumn 2015 may begin their application for the SUSI grant from Thursday April 23rd.

Smart Futures Tech Careers Event for Teens - To kick off Tech Week Ireland Smart Futures is holding a FREE Technology Careers Talk on Monday, 27th of April 2pm-4pm for teens.

Ag Science in UCD via the FETAC Route - If you want to do Ag Science in UCD but are afraid you won’t get the points, then it is worth exploring your options with regard to gaining entry via the FETAC route.

Skills Shortage in Irish Motor Industry - The motor industry is facing a skills shortage with some car dealers now forced to look abroad for workers due to the apprenticeship crisis.

Things are looking up for Construction Sector - A sustainable construction sector is a key element of any properly functioning economy and following several years of declines in output, the construction sector finally began to stabilise in 2013.


New Initiative Launched to boost Tourism in the East - A new tourism initiative, Ireland's Ancient East, could increase visitor revenue to €950m by 2020, according to research carried out by Fáilte Ireland.

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 full details.


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