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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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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New Senior Cycle Subject Choice Area on CareersPortal

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New Senior Cycle Subject Choice Area on CareersPortal

Monday, March 02, 2015 

New Senior Cycle Subject Choice Area on CareersPortal

Selecting the right subjects for Leaving Cert and the level at which to take them, is a critical task faced by 60,000 second-level students every year. Making the wrong choice can have unintended consequences in two years’ time, when students find paths into college are blocked by not having the right subjects, or particular subjects required for entry into their chosen course.

To help with this task, a new, and even more comprehensive Senior Cycle Subject Choice area has been added to

The new and updated Senior Cycle Subject Choice area was launched last weekend at the IGC National Conference in Waterford where it was well received by the Guidance community.

The Guide to Senior Cycle Subject Choice area includes:

  • Leaving Cert Subjects - A comprehensive subject listing by group (Practical; Science; Artistic & Creative; Humanities; Social and Business)
  • The Three Leaving Certs - An outline of LCE, LCA and LCVP
  • Quick Guide - A brief summary of some of the things to consider when choosing a course 
  • Subjects and Career Choice - the relationship to career area and college course choice
  • FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions 

37 Senior Cycle Subjects are covered, including Link Modules. Each subject page is presented in a drop down menu format which includes:

  • In brief
  • Why Study this?
  • Videos and Interviews
  • Course Overview
  • Course Content
  • Exam Structure and
  • Career Possibilities

Requirements for 3rd Level and relationship to Career Sectors are also given, along with Marks Distribution, links to Exam Papers, Marking Schemes and the Full Curriculum for the particular subject.

The section includes extracts from a wide range of career interviews on the subjects interviewees took in school and how these choices influenced their career path.

Click here to go directly to Senior Cycle Subject Choice

The CareersPortal Team