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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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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