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.

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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ESB Launches Diversity Strategy

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ESB Launches Diversity Strategy

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 

ESB Launches Diversity Strategy

ESB celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th with a panel discussion at ESB’s head office, featuring special guest Professor Orla Feely, Vice President, Research, Innovation and Impact at UCD.

Dr Feely shared her personal career journey and insights into how we can make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) more diverse and more relevant and appealing to young women as they make career and college choices.

The panel discussion launched ESB’s Diversity Strategy, which will raise awareness of challenges and biases that exist across workplaces and sets out some pro-active steps to improve the quality of work life balance for all our staff.

Speaking at the celebrations, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty said that while ESB has led the charge in promoting STEM amongst young women making career decisions there remains much more to be done in explaining how engineering is a career that can enable people to have a real and positive impact in society.

“It is by articulating and explaining this, that we can attract young people who want to make a positive contribution into engineering and technology roles,” he explained.

As a leading STEM employer ESB is at the forefront of exploring and understanding these issues, and we are committed to continuing to work with our colleagues in the academic world and in Engineers Ireland to create positive pathways into engineering and through our organisation for our female recruits and graduates.