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.

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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Transition Year

Transition year is a time to learn more about yourself and develop life skills that will be important for you in the years to come. It is characterised by a combination of traditional classroom work along with activities designed to get you to work (and play) alongside your classmates. It's also a great year to check out what sort of things you are good at, and even check out possible career options.

Career Decisions

During TY and over the next few years you will gain experiences that will shape your career direction. You will have to choose what to study for the Leaving Cert, and at what level. You will then have to choose whether to continue your education after school or not, and what to study if you do. Everybody will make choices based on their circumstances, the opportunities that present themselves, their ambition and their goals. 

We ask all the people we interview on this site what were the main career decisions they took in their career so far. Read their stories below to become familiar with the real issues faced by ordinary people around Ireland, so that you will be prepared for the decisions that you too will have to make some day!

I was always very involved in sport and interested in teaching from my final years in school. I was particularly interested in English and Science subjects.  I chose to do science degree at UCD - in Botany and Maths. I got an opportunity to do my Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) at my old school, Marian College.

I enjoyed biology, then (1973) a new subject on the Leaving Certificate, so I got the opportunity to teach Biology and Maths at Marian College. Also I was very involved in basketball administration, playing and coaching in the 1970's and 1980's.

I decided to study for a Masters in Education (M.Ed) degree in Trinity College in the late 1970's. The Marist Brothers opened the school to lay Principalship in 1988. I applied and was appointed Principal in 1988. I am still Principal there now!  I have been very involved with the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools (AMCSS) and served as President of the AMCSS from 2003-2006.

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