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 Afra Ronayne from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


Afra Ronayne

Mechanical Engineer


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  Afra Ronayne
I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.

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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Free Career Talks in STEM

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Free Career Talks in STEM

Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Free Career Talks in STEM

Smart Futures, the Government-Industry programme promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers to secondary school students in Ireland has redeveloped its website and launched a brand new online booking system for schools to requests free career talks.

The programme, which is managed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in partnership with Engineers Ireland, provides students with real-life career stories of people working in diverse areas such as biotechnology and food science to software development and cybersecurity.

The career talks are delivered through their STEM volunteer programme, with people from companies such as IBM, Google, Abbott Ireland, Boston Scientific and Novartis, sharing their career experiences.

The programme aims to challenge stereotypes about STEM careers and give students a better idea about who works in these areas and what skills are required, so they are better informed about the many opportunities in these exciting areas. Teacher resources can also be accessed here