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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Health Sector Jobs Expo 10th October

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Health Sector Jobs Expo 10th October

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 

Health Sector Jobs Expo 10th October

Dedicated Health Recruitment Exhibition takes place in Dublin on Saturday 10th October at the Clyde Court Hotel.

The Health Sector Jobs Expo is a dedicated recruitment exhibition for all healthcare professionals. The expo is free to attend.

With the recruitment embargo lifted and the creation of hundreds of new nursing posts, there are now more job opportunities than ever throughout Ireland. Equally, demand for Irish based healthcare professionals to work overseas still exist making the Health Sector Jobs Expo a key event for all Nurses, Midwives, Doctors, Dentists and Allied Health Professionals for opportunities at home or abroad.

The Health Sector Jobs Expo is free to attend, but registration is required in advance.

Interviews and job offers will be made at the Health Sector Jobs Expo to suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

In order to facilitate job offers being made at the exhibition, employers request that all jobseekers bring a copy of their CV/Resume and copies of all relevant qualifications. Nurses and Midwives are requested to have their PIN available for employers.

Full details of the event and online registration available here

For a list of exhibitors at the event click here

The CareersPortal Team