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 Louise Lynch from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


Louise Lynch

Structural Engineer


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If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.

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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New Traineeship and Apprenticeship Courses for Monaghan

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New Traineeship and Apprenticeship Courses for Monaghan

Thursday, June 04, 2015 

New Traineeship and Apprenticeship Courses for Monaghan

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are implementing a number of new Traineeship and Apprenticeship courses in September 2015 which will be run in conjunction with Monaghan Institute of Further Education and local employers.

NEW Assembly Technician Traineeship

A new traineeship is planned for September 2015 which will be Delivered by CMETB in conjunction Combilift, local employers and Monaghan Institute.

The aim of this course is to train students as electrical/mechanical fitters. Modules include:

  • Engineering health and safety
  • Engineering principles
  • Detailed fitting of Materials
  • Principles of engineering maintenance
  • installation and commissioning
  • Maintenance of hydraulic systems
  • Mechatronics systems principles and fault finding
  • Principles of Auto Electrics

This is a 12 month long programme. Applicants must be 17 years of age or over and will be expected to have good mechanical ability and possibly leaving cert standard of education.

An Information Night is due to take place in The Garage Theatre, Monaghan on Tuesday June 23rd at 7 pm.

For more information click here.

NEW Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

The two year Higher level Apprenticeship Programme in Accounting Technicians is being planned from September/October 2015.

It is already in existence in SRC Newry and Belfast MET where students spend one day per week in college and the other 4 days in the workplace. This is a work-based programme which enables you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification.

FIT ICT Apprenticeship

The 2 year FIT ICT Associate Professional Course is due to start in Monaghan Institute in October 2015.

The ICT Associate Professional Programme will:

  • Provide a hands-on learning mode to attain the skills demanded by industry.
  • Enable you to earn and learn and acquire a national qualification over a two year period equipping you with the knowledge and capabilities to progress your career in ICT.
  • Lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Provide the opportunity to apply theoretical education and training in a real work setting helping you to build confidence in your abilities and gain independence.

For more information click here

You can register your interest for any of the above courses by emailing

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