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.


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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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.

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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