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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Action Plan for West of Ireland Jobs launched

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Action Plan for West of Ireland Jobs launched

Monday, November 16, 2015 

Action Plan for West of Ireland Jobs launched

Successful implementation of the latest Government Action Plan for Jobs will see the creation of 25,000 jobs in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.

The regional jobs plan for the west of the country highlights ICT, Medtech and Pharma among the key drivers to create up to 25,000 jobs in Mayo, Roscommon and Galway. €250m is to be invested in the project.

One of eight nationwide strategies, the latest Action Plan for Jobs is the fifth in a series of regional strategies to be published by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

The new plan covers three Connacht counties which currently host several businesses across these industries and are expanding employee numbers nationally.

Agri-food and Tourism are also targeted with the creation of a food innovation hub and a dedicated food innovation centre in the region, and help for food companies with high potential to scale. A new programme to build on the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, building on new tourism offerings and delivering new opportunities for the region. Department reports show that 5,000 extra positions have been created in the region already this year, a 20% increase. 

The strategy includes some 194 actions, one of which is to increase the number of start-ups in the region by a quarter and improve their survival chances. 

IDA Ireland will also increase its investment, with a minimum of 92 additional projects in the region by 2019. Facilities are being built in Castlebar (2016) and Galway (2017) to help achieve this. Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will disburse over €3m in grant funding and provide mentoring support to more than 1,000 businesses per year.

Plans to deliver a series of actions to develop the marine research and ocean energy industries in the region have alse been unveiled. These areas are enjoying significant growth at the moment. Ireland, in the west and southwest particulary, is well positioned to become one of the world’s leading countries with regards marine research and ocean energy. Last month, €3.5m funding was secured by three companies in this area. 10,000 jobs in the marine economy are projected nationally, by 2020.

Increased participation of women in entrepreneurship is also a theme of the action plan. This will be achieved through Local Enterprise Offices alongside a Galway Chamber Female Entrepreneurship Programme focusing on growing and scaling enterprise.

Full Press Release available here

The CareersPortal Team