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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).
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Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012 


Monday, March 26, 2012 




Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012

Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD today launched e-Skills week 2012 at the ‘eFuture – Inspiring the Next Generation’ event in the Clock Tower Building at the Department of Education and Science.

The event, a joint initiative between ICT Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the high tech sector, and Fast Track to IT (FIT) highlighted the importance of e-Skills for students and young adults who are about to embark on their career journey.

Speaking at the event Minister Cannon said: "The European e-Skills week is a great initiative to show people how to get jobs in today’s economy. E-skills are becoming essential in almost every business sector of the economy and are fast becoming an integral part of everyday life. Equipping all our young people with e-skills will play an crucial role in transforming our society.

Highlighting the importance of the eFuture -Inspiring the Next Generation event, Paul Sweetman, Director of ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association said: ‘Campaigns such as the European E-skills week and the Smart Futures campaign are critical to increasing the awareness of the opportunities and jobs generated through technology. There remains enormous demand for technology skills. Over 1900 jobs have been announced by the sector in 2012. Demand for skills in a variety of roles continues."

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ICT Ireland press release, 26/3/2012

 




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