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.

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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Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme NOW OPEN

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Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme NOW OPEN

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 

Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme NOW OPEN

Gas Networks Ireland, in conjunction with SOLAS has launched its first apprenticeship programme in 30 years. The company said more than 50 opportunities will be created in apprenticeship and graduate programmes between now and 2017.

14 apprentices will initially be hired to commence training in September 2015. The recruitment process will involve various online technical assessments.

On completion of the four-year programme the apprentices will be awarded a Level 6 Advanced Craft Certificate.

They will have the option to develop one of three crafts over the four years of the programme:

  • Electrical instrumentation
  • Pipefitting
  • Mechanical automation 
  • Maintenance fitting

Apprentices will undertake offsite training with Solas, as well as training at Gas Networks Ireland’s state-of-the-art training facility in Dublin.

Gas Networks Ireland said it has invested substantially in all aspects of its technical training centre, including purpose built gas leak management and high-pressure training facilities that allow for realistic scenario based training.

“The technicians who will emerge from this programme will play an important role in developing and maintaining the gas network,” said Minister for Energy, Alex White. “By working with new technologies like biogas and compressed natural gas, they will also help deliver on Ireland’s commitment to clean energy.”

“Our new apprenticeship programme will help ensure we continue to have the appropriate skills to deliver our operational and strategic objectives,” said Gas Networks Ireland managing director, Liam O’Sullivan. “It is a great way for us to invest in the future of our business, while offering successful applicants a great start to their career.”

NOTE:The apprenticeship programme is open to people who are over 16 on 1 September 2015 and who have attained a minimum grade D in at least five Leaving Certificate subjects.

The application process will close at 5pm on Saturday 25 April.

To apply click here.

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The CareersPortal Team