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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.


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 New Jobs with iCabbi

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20 New Jobs with iCabbi

Thursday, December 10, 2015 

20 New Jobs with iCabbi

Dublin dispatch technology company iCabbi is to create 20 new jobs in Dublin with the support of Enterprise Ireland.

Howth-based iCabbi provides taxi companies with the tech tools they need to compete against peer-to-peer apps like Uber and Hailo.

iCabbi was approached by a taxi company that wanted to create a direct link between their independent taxi drivers and their customers.

In four years, the team has grown and focused on delivering projects for bigger taxi companies each time. 

The jobs new will be based at iCabbi’s Dublin HQ, are in:

  • Research and development
  • Customer service
  • Sales and marketing and
  • Technical support.

The company has been supported by investment from Enterprise Ireland and AIB Seed Capital.

“2015 has been an incredible year for iCabbi,” said CEO Gavan Walsh. “We are now the largest dispatch provider in Ireland and, throughout 2015, significantly grew our UK business, working closely with the largest and most successful taxi companies and consolidators. We have also recently launched in the US, with 13 companies currently live, and many more scheduled for the new year.’ 

‘The announcement of 20 new jobs in Dublin HQ will allow us to support these markets, and continue our ambitious expansion. There is a strong pool of high calibre talent in Ireland, we have a fantastic existing workforce and we look forward to adding to it over the coming months,” Walsh said.


The CareersPortal Team