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

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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.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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50 Jobs with New Mobile operator iD

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50 Jobs with New Mobile operator iD

Thursday, July 02, 2015 

50 Jobs with New Mobile operator iD

Dixons Carphone, the new company formed from the merger of Dixons and The Carphone Warehouse, is to launch its new Irish mobile phone operator in August.

The new operator, called iD, will run on 3 Ireland’s network. The company has invested €30m in the new mobile operator, leading to the creation of 50 jobs.

iD has named British mobile industry veteran Hamish White as the new operator’s interim general manager while it searches for a long term head of operations. 

The new operator was scheduled to launch this month but “the scale of the project” forced it to delay launch plans until August. It is targeting 6pc of the Irish market in the next five years, according to Mark Slater, the newly appointed managing director of Dixons Carphone Ireland. The company claims that a third of Irish bill-pay customers aim to switch networks in the next 12 months. “Over 65pc of the [Irish] market are pre-pay mobile customers who have not committed to a mobile operator,” said Hamish White, iD general manager. “Equally, our research shows there is a real appetite to switch. We know what consumers are looking for and are not currently getting from their mobile provider. We’re planning to fill the gap. We’re confident we’ll reach our ambitious target in the Irish market.”

The new operator is one of two new mobile networks to launch in Ireland this year, with UPC expected to announce a new operator by the end of 2015. It recently announced a €6m investment in a new data centre to facilitate the operator.

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Details of career opportunities with the Dixons Carphone Group are available here


The CareersPortal Team