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 Louise Lynch from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


Louise Lynch

Structural Engineer


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  Louise Lynch
If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.

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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Career Guidance at school

All students in Ireland are entitled to career guidance at school. This is normally delivered by a Guidance Counsellor and other teachers with expertise in the area. They are there to help you understand about careers and help you with any decisions you have to take that effect your career prospects.

Some of the decisions you have to make while at school include:

  • What subjects you choose, and whether they are at Higher (Honours) level or Ordinary (Pass) level.
  • What combinations of subjects are best for certain courses or jobs
  • How to prepare a CV and apply for jobs
  • How to choose and apply for college courses during your last year in school
  • How to apply for courses in England or Europe

Guidance Counsellors are often very busy, and may not always have enough time to give each student the attention they would like. It is really important that you make an appointment with your Guidance Counsellor if you need information the may effect your career. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience that may be very helpful in guiding your choices..

Making an Appointment

When making an appointment with a Guidance Counsellor about career matters it is often useful to have done some research beforehand. Guidance Counsellors know a lot about what opportunities are available, but need to get to know you well to be able to help you with your decisions. The more you tell them about yourself and your circumstances the greater the chance they will be able to help you.

Hint: McDonald's
The cool things about my job would be: - Full Irish Breakfast on Fridays  - Casual workwear on Fridays. - Department nights out, which helps to socialise with the different members in the team outside work. - The Christmas Parties to which you can bring your partner and is normally a stayover in a hotel with the meal and drinks free.

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