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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FIT Upcoming ICT Associate Professional Programmes

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FIT Upcoming ICT Associate Professional Programmes

Monday, January 25, 2016 

FIT Upcoming ICT Associate Professional Programmes

FIT has been charged by government and the tech sector with the implementation of ICT Associate Professional (ICT AP) – a new dual education apprenticeship style format, designed to provide the ICT industry with candidates with in-demand technology skills in a timely fashion.

International experience indicates that hiring ICT apprentices can help businesses build a skilled and motivated workforce in a cost effective manner. Equally important, employers of all sizes can get access to highly motivated tech enthusiasts who attain bespoke skills which enable them to be highly productive and to “hit the ground running” in a relatively short period of time.

Skills demand in technology companies is a global issue. With the phenomenal growth in the sector, all jurisdictions are competing for tech talent. Ireland has turned this global demand for skills into a competitive advantage.

FIT are holding an upcoming information session regarding our  ICT Associate Professional Programme in SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT- a dual-education (apprenticeship style) programme.

The aim of the programme is to equip candidates with the technical skills and applied learning required by industry, in a timely fashion, to address the growing skills shortage in the sector.  

See details below regarding upcoming information session/aptitude testing for this programme:

(1) Cork

Date/Time:  Tuesday January 26th at 10 am

Location:     Cork Training Centre, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork: click here

(2) Galway

The Information Session for ICT Associate Professional in Galway  for the Software Development stream, will be held on:

Date/Time: Thursday, 28th January at 10am

Location:    GRETB Training Centre, Mervue, Galway. The course Start Date is the 28th February 2016: click here

To find out more about Apprenticehip options: click here

The CareersPortal Team