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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.

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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Free Seminar on Dyslexia for Adults

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Free Seminar on Dyslexia for Adults

Thursday, April 02, 2015 

Free Seminar on Dyslexia for Adults

Are you an adult who is unsure if you have dyslexia or not? Do you have questions about how to get assessed, what an assessment involves, or paying for an assessment?

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland will be holding a free seminar on Monday 13th April, 6 pm – 8 pm.

Venue: 5th Floor, Block B, Joyce’s Court, Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

Topics covered will include:

  • Indicators of dyslexia
  • How to get an assessment
  • Paying for an assessment
  • What an assessment involves
  • Next steps after getting assessed

A guest speaker will also be in attendance to share some of his personal experiences in relation to dyslexia, which may be of interest to adults who have recently been diagnosed.

No need to pre-book, just turn up on the night. Please email or phone 01 877 6001 if you have any questions. 

For more information on the Dyslexia Association of Ireland click here.

For more information on Dyslexia and the impact on career see our Disability Guide:

The CareersPortal Team