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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:


Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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New Insurance Practitioner Professional Apprenticeship

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New Insurance Practitioner Professional Apprenticeship

Monday, February 22, 2016 

New Insurance Practitioner Professional Apprenticeship

The brand new Insurance Practitioner Professional Apprenticeship expected to launch in September 2016.

Historically Insurance, similar to the Legal and Accounting professions, was taught ‘at the desk’ supplemented by a technical examination framework which was optional and very much at the discretion of the individual to pursue.

Fast forward to 2016 and changes to the sector include the introduction of a minimum competency framework, new technology to streamline processes, new and emerging risks that require analysis and response and a new work force who have graduate qualifications but not in the subject matter of insurance.

We believe the recently approved Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship will go a long way towards addressing these challenges and attracting talent into the financial services sector.

Those who take part in the apprenticeship programme will have the opportunity to earn a Level 8 Professional qualification in Insurance and Business/personal skills while gaining valuable on the job training, in a sector that offers so much mobility and variety.

Developed with industry in response to talent shortages identified throughout the insurance sector, the programme will help to unlock a new pool of talent from which organisations can recruit, as well as giving a new outlook to school leavers or students who may in the past have dismissed insurance as a career choice.

The expected launch date for the Insurance Practitioner Professional Apprenticeship is September 2016. Details of how to register interest and the operating structures are currently in development and will be available soon.

It was recognised that, due to the national rollout of this programme and the requirement to develop it for all sectors within insurance (Insurers, Brokers, Loss Adjusters etc), The Insurance Institute, as the professional educational representative body, would be best placed to project manage the programme development and delivery with a composite Steering group who will jointly oversee and direct the development, administration and implementation of this new apprenticeship programme. Zurich Insurance have supported this change.


In July 2015, Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD  announced the addition of 25 new areas to the apprenticeship scheme in Ireland.

The new apprenticeship schemes have been agreed between industry and training agencies, including trainee positions in the areas of: Software Development, Medical Devices, Financial Services, Insurance, Accountancy, Logistics and Hospitality.

Further positions are also being considered from a total of 86 possible schemes which were identified by the Apprenticeship Council, following an eight month evaluation process. The new apprenticeship types are very flexible, ranging in duration from two to four years, and will be offered at Levels 5 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.