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 Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Smart Futures Free Career Talks for Schools

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Smart Futures Free Career Talks for Schools

Friday, February 12, 2016 

Smart Futures Free Career Talks for Schools

Recent research by Science Foundation Ireland found that 88% of people think science is an important subject to study at school and 9 out of 10 people surveyed agreed young people’s interest in STEM is essential for our future prosperity.

With the recent increase in demand for STEM courses at third level in Ireland and a subsequent increase in points, it is more important than ever for young people to have access to information about alternative routes and role models that can inspire and motivate them to consider working in these areas in the future.

This is particularly relevant if we are to see greater participation by females and students from lower-economic backgrounds.

Smart Futures is a government-industry programme providing information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for second-level students and their guidance counsellors.

It is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with the Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme and is supported by over 50 organisations across the country.

Guidance counsellors are encouraged to register for free career talks from over 1,500 volunteers from STEM-related industry and research centres nationwide. Volunteers from a wide diversity of backgrounds can share their career insights and give a first- hand account of what it’s really like to work in science, tech and engineering, demonstrating how these career paths can make a major difference to our society.

They can also help inform students about FET and apprenticeship routes, as well as more traditional routes via higher education. Teachers can register here or contact

Visit for STEM career stories, videos, infographics and other teacher resources.