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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer


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  Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 8th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 8th

Friday, January 08, 2016 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 8th

The new year has started off strong on the jobs front with a number of companies announcing upcoming plans for recruitment. Details are included of how to apply for Census Enumerator and Polling Clerk positions needed for the upcoming spring election. Information on free part-time Springboard conversion courses now accepting applications are also available. Click on the links for full details.

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Career News

  • Training Course for Tour Guides – The Dublinia Heritage Project is a combined training and work experience course. It is eleven months in duration, with 12 training places available.
  • Agri Careers Fair 2016 - The Agri Careers Fair takes place on 3rd March 2016 in the RDS. Employers with job vacancies can meet those interested in working in the agri sector. Parents and second-level students are also invited as colleges will be present on the day. 

More information on Springboard

& other Upskilling Initiatives

 can be found here



  • Beauty Meets the Tech Industry – Beauty and cosmetics company L’Oréal has teamed up with the Irish-based custom product solutions firm PCH to develop personalised beauty products and connected devices.

Explore more information on careers in Ireland's Fashion & Beauty Sector here

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