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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

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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Over 70k Available in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Funding

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Over 70k Available in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Funding

Friday, January 23, 2015 

Over 70k Available in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Funding

Over €70,000 in EU funding remains available under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Business Exchange Programme, according to Dublin to Chamber of Commerce.

The programme provides grants of up to €6,600 for early stage entrepreneurs in Ireland to help them get their businesses of the ground. It is co-managed in Ireland by Dublin Chamber and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office.

Attendees at an event held in Dublin to celebrate the second anniversary of Dublin Chamber’s involvement in the programme, heard that that grants totalling €60,000 have been given to Irish entrepreneurs over the past two years.

“Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a fantastic initiative that gives participants a unique opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues so that their business ideas can become a reality,” said Aebhric McGibney, Dublin Chamber's director of public and international affairs.

“Erasmus funding can be used by an entrepreneur intending to start a company or having just started one, to travel abroad and work beside an established entrepreneur for between one and six months. Host entrepreneurs also benefit from the exchange, by profiting from the visiting business person's knowledge, energy and talent.”

The Erasmus programme is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 65. Full details are available here.


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