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 Shane Callanan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Shane Callanan

Electronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up 24th July

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up 24th July

Friday, July 24, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up 24th July

The jobs announcements continued to trickle in this week, alongside plenty of career news. The big news this week is that the HSE are incentivising 500 Nurses and Midwives to come back home from abroad and fill vacancies here, with the support of relocation costs. Click on the items below for full details.

Jobs Announcements ...

  • 500 Nurses and Midwives wanted - The HSE aims to attract up to 500 staff through a new recruitment drive. A relocation package will be offered to those wishing to return from abroad.
  • 15 New High Skilled Jobs with Iconic Translation -  The new roles will primarily be highly technical, with Iconic seeking machine translation specialists and software engineers, but it is also looking for sales and marketing candidates.

You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland.

AND ... 

New National Skills Bulletin 2015 NOW Available -

The report highlights the Skills Shortages across all career sectors. have now integrated the 'Jobs in Demand' details across the National Occupations Database and

fully updated the Labour Market Information area.

Looking for Job?

There's lots of valuable information HERE to help you with your search. 

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For Students ...

  • The Rise and Fall of CAO Points 2015 - if you are waiting for your Leaving Cert results, this article takes a look at what points are likely to have increased or decreased this year, based on CAO First Preferences.

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR FREE Points Calculator?

Leaving Certificate results 2015

released through schools 12th August - online from noon on State Exam Commission website


CAO First Round Offers 17th August 2015



Calculate your LC Points quickly and easily.

Includes direct links to

updated course points - Available on

from 6.00am on 17th August 2015


 An essential item for the student's Exam Toolkit!

AND ...

  • CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

The CareersPortal Team