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 Liam McCaul from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam McCaul

R&D Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Liam McCaul
Do your best to find out the most you can about your specific engineering category, whether it be Electronics, Mechanical, Civil etc. Approach companies to try and get experience whilst you are at college, that way you have a running start on how to use the most up to date packages and instruments that companies have, and that then gets you the work experience when you finish college.

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