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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Shortage of Qualified Chefs Threatens Restaurant Sector Growth

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Shortage of Qualified Chefs Threatens Restaurant Sector Growth

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Shortage of Qualified Chefs Threatens Restaurant Sector Growth

According the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), there is a severe shortage of chefs in Ireland and not enough chef training centres, which is threatening growth and expansion in the restaurant sector.

Currently, 1,800 chefs qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes in Ireland. However, there is an immediate deficit of 5,000 chef trainees annually.

The vast majority of jobs in the hospitality sector relate directly to the food services sector with 24,700 employed as chefs in 2014.

The latest National Skills Bulletin 2015 reports that demand for hospitality, sports and leisure services has been increasing with the recovery of the economy, confirming that "While the supply is sufficient to meet the demand for lower skilled hospitality roles (waiters/bar staff and catering assistants), a shortage of qualified chefs has been identified". 

The RAI is calling on Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to re-establish the former State tourism training agency Cert which was closed down in 2003 and establish ten new chef training centres around the country.

Chief executive Adrian Cummins said the tourism and hospitality sector held Cert in high esteem while it was operational. “It was fit for purpose and serviced the industry with skilled labour during its operational years.”

Is a career in hospitality for you?

Restaurants Association Ireland Press Release

The CareersPortal Team