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Analog Devices is an extremely flexible and supportive company and tries to encourage a healthy and active work-life balance.
Besides all the job benefits a multi-national company like Analog Devices provides (Health Insurance, bonuses, pensions etc.) there is also a great social aspect to the company. There are numerous sports clubs (interfirm Hurling and football, soccer, tag rugby, golf, cycling, scuba diving etc.) but there are also various working groups within the company which allows you to meet and interact with different people.
I've been lucky enough to be on the Analog Devices Young Scientist committee where a group of us build a stand in the RDS for the week of the Young Scientist competition and design and showcase science and engineering in a fun and exciting way.
My Leaving Cert subjects were as follows: English, Irish, Maths, French, Physics, Technical Drawing, Art and Engineering.
I initially chose my options subjects based on what I thought would be good for a career in Civil Engineering or Architecture but I soon discovered that Physics, Engineering and honours maths provided me numerous choices when I eventually had to decide which career path I wanted.
I would highly recommend these subjects for anyone thinking of doing engineering as a career.
I went to St. Nessan's Community College secondary school in Limerick.
I completed a Certificate and Diploma in Automation and Control Technology in LIT which took 3 years.
I then went to UL to complete a Degree in Electronic Engineering which took a further 2 years.
The obvious subjects would be maths and physics as well as English (for presentations, reports etc.).
I'm constantly using simple maths formulas for example the intersection of 2 lines, slope of a line etc. as well as some physics properties to evaluate new designs/parts.
The majority of the the modules I did in college proved to be very useful and applicable within my job. However it was from doing lab work and projects where I really got to learn a lot about what the job of an electronic engineer would involve e,g. Software Coding (Labview, C++) PCB design and debug Evaluating Circuits etc.
The other aspect which has been useful is Presentations, Solving issues & discovering solutions.
I'm currently considering doing a masters in electronic engineering or in the medical domain. I'm very lucky that Analog Devices will contribute to the course and also allow you the time off to attend and study for exams etc.
They are very flexible in this regard. There are significant opportunities within the company to part-take in further education and this is actively pursued to ensure that everyone is properly trained and skilled to do their job effectively.
Analog Devices also provides numerous in-house training courses which are done on a continual basis especially for new graduates who are trained specifically for their new job once they start.
I've had quite a few achievements within Analog Devices.
The main ones are:
If your a logical thinker, like a challenge and are constantly trying to improve your understanding and knowledge then this is the job for you.
This job covers a very broad range of IC's (integrated circuits) which are used in various applications like mobile phones, cars etc. and everyday can be a new challenge or experience.
If you like taking things apart and seeing how they work then you'll really enjoy working in electronics.
Good organisational and presentation /communication skills are a nice bonus!
Any job in a manufacturing environment where you can see the development of a product from start to finish would be ideal.
A job with a hands-on approach where you could demonstrate your ability to solve small problems in an efficient manner would be a huge advantage when looking for a career in electronics.
Also some experience in a team environment is crucial. If you can get a day with an actual electronic engineer on the job it would be a great experience. It would give you a chance to see which role within electronics you think would enjoy the most.