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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer


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  Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


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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Get Involved in Engineers Week 2015

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Get Involved in Engineers Week 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015 

Get Involved in Engineers Week 2015

Are you passionate about a career in engineering? Get involved with Engineers Week!

This week-long programme of nationwide events is focused on celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.

It will run from the 8th to the 14th of February 2015.

The week aims to create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of all ages, especially students and their teachers and parents.

A number of events are planned nationwide many of which are free but pre-booking is essential. Some of these include:

  • Electric motor - make & take workshop - Waterford 
  • Engineering, Electronics ESA midterm workshops – Dublin
  • A Tribute to Irish Engineering and Innovation at the National Wax Museum – Dublin
  • So You want to be an Engineer talk – Carlow
  • Coding in the classroom – Galway
  • Guiding Girls into Engineering – Dundalk

If you can't get to an event, there are plenty of other ways to take part in the week without leaving the classroom:

Click here to view the Teacher Resources section for a range of support materials, including a Powerpoint presentation on the different types of engineering.

A number of activity worksheets are also available with ideas for classroom-based engineering activities including 'make a light bulb' and 'create a parachute'.


The week is coordinated on a national basis by the STEPS team at Engineers Ireland. The value of the programme has been formally recognised by Government and is a key element of Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme.

To view a full profile of STEPS on CareersPortal including information on Engineers week click here.

Learn more about studying STEM at college.

Visit the Engineers Week website. 

The CarersPortal Team