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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the onion...as you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.

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2015 National Career Skills Top Prizewinners

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2015 National Career Skills Top Prizewinners


Wednesday, May 20, 2015 




2015 National Career Skills Top Prizewinners

CareersPortal.ie are delighted to announce the Winners of the 2015 National Career Skills Competition.

1st Place Prizes go to:

  • Orla Murnaghan (TY) - St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
  • John Harding (LC) - Presentation College Carlow
  • Aibhe Ní Dhuibhir Baoill (Gaeilge) - Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan

1st Place prize winners will be presented with a MacBook Air and an engraved trophy of their achievement for the school, which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 27th May 2015, together with a cash prize of €1,000 for the relevant school programme.

And

  • Aisling Byrne (Adult Learner) - Ormonde College of Further Education, Kilkenny

The FETAC 1st Place prize winner will be presented with a MacBook Air and an engraved trophy of their achievement, which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

2nd Place Prizes go to:

  • Louis Madden (TY) - Saint Macartan's College, Monaghan
  • Jack Rogers (LCVP) - Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, Co. Louth
  • Aoibh Ní Chribín (Gaeilge) - Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan

2nd Place prize winners take home Dr Dre Beats and an engraved trophy of their achievement for the school, which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

And

  • Sarah Condon (Adult Learner) - Thurles Community Training Centre, Tipperary

The FETAC 2nd Place prize winner will be presented with a Samsung tablet and an engraved trophy of their achievement, which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

3rd Place Prizes go to:

  • Claudia Cooney (TY) - Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • PJ Foley (LCVP) - CBS Charleville, Co Cork
  • Christine Costello (Gaeilge) - Gael Choláiste Luimnigh

3rd Place prize winners take home a Creative Bluetooth Speaker and an engraved trophy of their achievement for the school, which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

And

  • Joanna Stachecka (Adult Learner) - Tallaght Adult Education Centre

The Adult Learner 3rd Place prize winner will be presented with a Samsung tablet and an engraved trophy of their achievement, which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The following 2nd Level entries were Highly Commended and will receive an engraved shield and a certificate in recognition of their achievement which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony:

Muirin Nolan Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co.Louth; Gradie McCann Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co.Louth; Ultan O'Rourke Saint Macartan's College, Monaghan; Kate McNamara Gael Choláiste Luimnigh, Limerick; Lee Campbell Presentation College Carlow; Ciara O'Connor (LCVP) Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton;

The following Adult Learner entries were Highly Commended and will receive an engraved trophy and a certificate in recognition of their achievement which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony:

Thomas Quinn, Cherry Orchard Community Training Centre; Shauna Mulvey, Youthreach Transition Centre, Dublin, 1; Sarah Holland, Ormonde College of Further Education Kilkenny, Simon Purcell, Ormonde College of Further Education Kilkenny.

COMMENDED

The following 2nd Level entries were Commended and will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement via their school programme co-ordinator:

Emma Kennedy Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Áine Ryan Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Maria Redmond Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Renuka Chinatapalli Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan; Aislinn Meaney Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Ava O'Reilly Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co.Louth; Caoimhe Power Gallagher John the Baptist Community School; Grainne Smyth Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Judith Keane Keating Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Lorraine Kelly Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Martyna Kepa St. Joseph's College, Summerhill, Athlone; Megan McLaughlin Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Niamh Travers Molloy Scoil Bhríde, Tuam, Co. Galway; Odhran Whelehan Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington
Sheena Tarrant Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare; Sinead McMahon Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare
Alexandrin Jurja Christain Brothers Secondary School Charleville; Ciara Lane Athboy Community School
Conor Kelly Athboy Community School; Emer Wright (LCE) Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosbercon, Co. Wexford
Helen Fuery (LCA) Gort Community School, Galway; Jacob Adams Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton; Josh Riordan (LCVP) Christain Brothers Secondary School Charleville; Laura Sinnott Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosbercon, Co. Wexford; Patrick O'Loughlin Christain Brothers Secondary School Charleville; Áine deSpáinn Coláiste Iosagáin Stillorgan, Dublin.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners, and to those who made the shortlist, on your fantastic work! A special thanks to all those who entered the competition this year.

The National Career Skills Competition is designed and managed by CareersPortal.ie and sponsored by McDonald's Ireland, who have also provided the fantastic prizes.

The CareersPortal Team