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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:


Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Vacant Places List 2015 now Live on CAO

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Vacant Places List 2015 now Live on CAO

Monday, August 17, 2015 

Vacant Places List 2015 now Live on CAO

Every year, some CAO courses have surplus places available because there is a deficit of qualified applicants to fill them. This means that there is an opportunity, both for qualifying students who are already in the CAO system to apply for these courses, and for those who are not in the CAO system to consider applying.

A list of all available courses is now accessible on the CAO website HERE. This list of Vacant Places will be continuously updated until all offers have been taken up.

Available Level 8 Places include:

MH304   Engineering (Broad entry to Computer, Electronic or Communications Eng)

DB562   Psychology

GA282   Heritage Studies

LY318   Culinary Arts and Food Technology at Killybegs/Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

and many more

Available Level 6/7 Places include:

GA370   Hotel and Catering Management

GA878   Accounting and Financial Management - Mayo Campus

LY517   Building Services and Renewable Energy

LY867   Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science

SG303   Mechanical Engineering

SG333   Mechanical Engineering

and many more.

Note: Applicants for Available Places/Vacant Places must meet the normal minimum entry requirements for the course(s) in question. Previously published points in an earlier round of offers should not be taken as an indication of the points required for entry to Available Places/Vacant Places.

There is a fee of €40 applicable to those applicants who are not already in the CAO system. 

If you didn't apply for CAO because you felt you would not get enough points, and were pleasantly surprised by your Leaving Cert Results, you have an opportunity here to change your mind and make a college application at this stage.

To find out more information about applying for Vacant Places: click here

The CareersPortal Team