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 Afra Ronayne from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


Afra Ronayne

Mechanical Engineer


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  Afra Ronayne
I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.

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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Upcoming Closing Dates for College Scholarships

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Upcoming Closing Dates for College Scholarships

Monday, January 26, 2015 

Upcoming Closing Dates for College Scholarships

The list of scholarships and other awards offered by colleges and universities in Ireland is extensive. These can range from entrance scholarships for exceptional academic results, to supports for sports excellence, music, the arts and many, many more.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of scholarships available: some offer financial and other supports based on academic or sporting/ artistic performance, once you have accepted a place on a specific third-level programme; others involve granting additional CAO points based on sporting or artistic excellence to encourage you to place a particular course/college at the top of your CAO choices.

Many of our universities and ITs offer sports scholarships, that may include reduced costs for college accommodation, physiotherapy, nutritional advice, sports psychology, medical support and arrangements for lectures and exams missed because of sporting commitments.

Scholarships and awards are available for academic achievement and performing arts. Points incentives are also available in certain colleges, to encourage students who may not otherwise attend university. have gathered together details of many of the available Scholarships and Award Schemes here, with links to the relevant college websites.

Upcoming Scholarship Application Dates include the following:

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarship - The scholarship application form is now live for the UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarship. Scholarship Applications must be submitted online.

Closing date: 31st of January 2015 - late applications will NOT be accepted. Click here for information on how to apply.

IT Tralee Sports Scholarship Award – Applications must be submitted before 5.00 pm on 6th March 2015 - Tablets or smart devices cannot be used to complete your applicationApply online here.

IT Tralee – STEM Scholarship

The School of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics at IT Tralee, in partnership with companies in the region have developed a scholarship programme to encourage a large number of students to apply for CAO courses in the STEM sectors. The scholarship is worth a thousand euro each year for the duration of the programme.

The closing date for IT Tralee’s Stem Scholarship is Friday March 6th. Click here for aplication details.

NUI Galway Creative Arts Performance Points – The University offer special performance points for students who show exceptional artistic promise and achievement under five areas of excellence in the creative arts field including:

  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Arts and Media 
  • Drama and Theatre
  • Film 
  • Non - Fiction Writing including Journalism 

Closing date for applications is 14th February 2015. Click here for further information.

See also the recent College Choice article 'Scholarships can cushion the high cost of college' from Guidance Counsellor Brian Mooney, on

The CareersPortal Team