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 Des Lalor from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Des Lalor

Wind Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Des Lalor
Go for it its a great job.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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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.