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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Elva Bannon

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.


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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INOU Information Session for Jobseekers

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INOU Information Session for Jobseekers

Thursday, May 28, 2015 

INOU Information Session for Jobseekers

An Information & Advice Stand for jobseekers will be held at the Ilac Centre Library, Dublin City Centre.

When:  Friday, 29th May from 2pm – 4pm

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) Information will be provided on Training Options, Social welfare entitlements & Educational courses for jobseekers with Joe McDonagh, Development Officer with INOU

For details contact: Business Information Centre Central Library Ilac Shopping Centre Henry Street, Dublin 1 Tel: 01 873 3996 Email:

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