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


Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process


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  Kerrie Horan

A day for a Process Engineer at Intel can range from spending all day in what we call our 'bunny suits' or space suits as most people would recognise them as or a day of juggling meetings with working on long term projects that have a quality improvement for your product or have a cost saving for the factory. The key thing is to be adaptable, be organised and be able to communicate your plans clearly and concisely. You will be your own boss in many instances as an engineer and it is up to you to get the job done and do it well, while at the same time meeting goals and challenges that are set for the factory.

The great thing about a process engineer at Intel is that much or your work can be done remotely, which means you don't have to sit at your desk all day allowing you to get in to the machines and get stuck in. One should also be aware that you will be continuously learning in this sort of environment. Because our technology is so up to date we are always making changes to make this possible. Our products will range from mobile phone chips to top of the range computer chips so we need to be able to make changes to meet the demands of what the market is looking for.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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New Courses that did not appear in CAO Handbook

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New Courses that did not appear in CAO Handbook

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 

New Courses that did not appear in CAO Handbook

As we pass the halfway point in the Leaving Certificate exams, the next big event on the calendar for school leavers is CAO Change of Mind which closes at 5.15pm on Wednesday 1st July. Applicants can make changes up until that date. Writing in the Irish Independent today, Guidance Counsellor Aoife Walsh advices CAO applicants to check for courses that did not appear in CAO handbook:

There are many new courses available to CAO applicants which did not appear in the original version of the CAO handbook 2015.

Many colleges offer new courses each year, however they are not always approved in time for the publication of the CAO handbook. They are however available for application and although applicants may not have spotted them by the February deadline, applications may still be submitted in the change of mind process. Applicants can submit changes to their original CAO applications between now and July 1.

There are currently over 30 courses available for application in 2015 which were not entered in the CAO handbook. Here is a brief introduction to just a few of them.

DC119 Global Business (Canada) Level 8 - For the past number of years DCU's global business degrees have risen in popularity. These unique degrees offer students the opportunity to study business with particular attention to international business. This four-year, Level 8 degree allows students to spend two years studying at DCU and two years at a partner university in their chosen country. The programme also allows students to earn a degree from both institutions. This year DCU has added the options of studying in Canada to their list of partner countries which already include, Spain, France, Germany and the USA.

DT219 Ophthalmic Dispensing Level 7 - In addition to its well-established Level 8 Degree in optometry, this year DIT is offering a Level 7 Degree in ophthalmic dispensing.

Dispensing opticians advise clients on the best frames and lenses for their prescription. Each year of this programme is split into two semesters. The first two years are delivered in the laboratories and classrooms at the DIT campus, Kevin Street, Dublin, and the third year is a structured work placement.

The current programme is the only one in Ireland and provides the training and education required by dispensing opticians for registration with The Opticians Board. Graduates may also practice in Australia and DIT intends to seek approval for graduates to work in the UK.

WD194 Culinary Arts Level 8 - There are a number of culinary arts course available around the country however there are few at Level 8. This year, Waterford IT will introduce one such course and it will be the first in the south east or Munster.

Aoife Walsh is a Guidance Counsellor at Malahide Community College in Dublin.


A full list of all  New CAO Courses for 2015 Entry is available here.

The CareersPortal Team