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 Kerrie Horan from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kerrie Horan

Engineer - Process


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  Kerrie Horan

A day for a Process Engineer at Intel can range from spending all day in what we call our 'bunny suits' or space suits as most people would recognise them as or a day of juggling meetings with working on long term projects that have a quality improvement for your product or have a cost saving for the factory. The key thing is to be adaptable, be organised and be able to communicate your plans clearly and concisely. You will be your own boss in many instances as an engineer and it is up to you to get the job done and do it well, while at the same time meeting goals and challenges that are set for the factory.

The great thing about a process engineer at Intel is that much or your work can be done remotely, which means you don't have to sit at your desk all day allowing you to get in to the machines and get stuck in. One should also be aware that you will be continuously learning in this sort of environment. Because our technology is so up to date we are always making changes to make this possible. Our products will range from mobile phone chips to top of the range computer chips so we need to be able to make changes to meet the demands of what the market is looking for.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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What is Careers Guidance?

Careers Guidance is usually described as a range of interventions to help people to move from a general understanding of life and work to a specific understanding of the realistic life, learning and work options that are open to them. It’s about helping the young person to

  • Know themselves
  • To explore possibilities
  • To Make a Career / Educational Choice
  • To make it Happen

It includes career education, information and counselling. Careers Education includes:

  • Learning about the World of Work, employer expectations, workplace requirements
  • Changes and trends in employment, occupation, legislation, work practices and policies
  • Development of self-awareness in relation to interests, abilities, competencies and values through career assessment tools e.g. Aptitude Tests
  • Development of awareness and understanding of career and educational paths and routes
  • Career Decision making and Implementation skills
  • Career Transition Skills


What happens in a one-to-one careers guidance session?

Every child is unique and while some sessions may focus on personal issues in relation to career and education, other sessions may focus on exploring career preferences, Aptitudes, identifying goals, targets, deadlines and agreeing on a Career Development Plan. Sessions may be free-flowing or more structured depending on circumstances.

The meeting might look at Plusses, Minuses and Interesting aspects of various course and career options. This is called a PMI scan (from Edward De Bono) and is an effective way of assessing options. Another framework for engaging with young people is OFFA’s AGENDA – where your child works with the counsellor to establish a solid understanding of their current position and career options by breaking down the students concerns into:


The guidance counsellor will also look at the overall student picture - their Aptitude test results, career assessment results, Junior Cert Results, sports & recreational activities, school report & record, personal and educational achievements, any additional educational requirements (disability and other access routse to college).

By looking at all these factors together your child will have the opportunity to weigh up his options, identify career and vocational interests and work towards good career and educational decisions. The one-to-one session offers the private & confidential space that is not possible in a group setting.