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 Shane Callanan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Shane Callanan

Electronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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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Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Information Session

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Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Information Session

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Information Session

Last chance to book your place at the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Information Session:

Date: Wednesday April 20th

Venue: Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm 

Accounting Technicians Ireland is rolling out a new and innovative apprenticeship in September this year, which will help young school-leavers get on the fast track to a career in accounting.

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is delivered with five of our partner colleges around the country.

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.

The Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is a two-year programme which combines ‘on-the-job’ work experience with academic study. Apprentices will work at their employer’s office four days a week and attend classes at a local college one day a week.

They will earn while they learn, receiving the standard industry salary for an incoming trainee Accounting Technician.

We’re holding a special information session for Guidance Counsellors, Principals and Accountancy/Maths Teachers on Wednesday April 20th, at our offices on Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The session takes place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and light refreshments will be served.

To book your place, please contact Karen McQuillan by email at or by phone at (01) 649 8100.

More information on the new 

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship here

The CareersPortal Team