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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

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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Dublin Bus Open Day for Women Drivers

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Dublin Bus Open Day for Women Drivers

Thursday, February 11, 2016 

Dublin Bus Open Day for Women Drivers

Dublin Bus are holding an Open Day for female drivers as the company hope to recruit more women into bus driving roles. 

Date: Saturday 20 February 2016.

Venue: Dublin Bus Training Centre, Phibsboro

They are offering women a unique opportunity to try out first-hand what it’s like to drive a bus. On the day you can find out more about working for Dublin Bus, speak to current female employees and drive a bus with experienced driving instructors.

To attend the Open Day and apply for the position of a bus driver you must be 24 years of age (or 21 with CPC), hold a full category “B” licence (car licence) with two years driving experience. Other required criteria for the role of a bus driver will be explained on the day.

To book your place email by Wednesday 17 February marking the subjct of your email ‘Open Day’.

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The CareersPortal Team