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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20 Jobs for Skibbereen with Spearline Labs

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20 Jobs for Skibbereen with Spearline Labs

Monday, November 09, 2015 

20 Jobs for Skibbereen with Spearline Labs

Spearline Labs is bringing 20 jobs to Skibbereen, with the west Cork town soon to home a range of software and support roles that will double the company’s current workforce.

As the testing company continues its expansion they are looking to fill positions over the next 18 months in:

  • Software engineering
  • Support
  • International sales
  • Finance

Spearline Labs is currently investing over €1million in new products which will be ready for market from early next year and will represent one third of the company’s revenue by 2017.The primary focus of this investment will be on mobile line testing which will further broaden the company’s offering.

“Today is a big day for Spearline Labs and for the west Cork region in general,” says Kevin Buckley, CEO of the company.

“With 20 people from five different countries already employed here we are excited about finding new colleagues to fill roles across a number of areas,” adds Buckley.

Current job vacancies advertised online with the company include:

  • Client Relationship Manager
  • Testing Support Technician
  • Senior Software Developer

For more information on these positions including application details click here.

Digital Hub

Grand plans are in place for the region with the recent announcement of a new digital hub for Skibbereen which aims to create 500 new jobs over the next five years with an initial 75 or more jobs guaranteed in the start-up phase.

The refurbished Old Bakery building, which will be renamed Ludgate@Skibbereen, was made available for the initiative by local entrepreneur John Field and is due for completion this month. 


The CareersPortal Team