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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Starting your Career Path

Wheras some people seem to know what they would like to do from an early age, most people don't. This is to be expected as knowing what you want to do in life is based on:

  • Knowing what is possible
  • Knowing yourself well enough to know if you would like the work.

Obviously you can't know of all the possible jobs that may exist at this stage in your life. And, as you are still developing your personality and character, you can't know yourself all that well either.

What you can do, however, is start to explore both yourself and the types of jobs that other people do. This website is designed to help you with this process. The more you know about the possible jobs that exist, and the better you know how suited you might be to different types of jobs, the easier it is to feel confident in finding your own direction.

Hint: Intel
The thing I regard as the 'coolest' with Intel is, although all engineers within Intel have a full workload each day, Intel encourage a good work/life balance. There is a flexibility within Intel that allows its employees to effectively balance their working and personal lives.

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