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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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  Jason Ruane

Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Contact details:
Contact Name:
Caitriona Geraghty
Address:
Engineers Ireland
22 Clyde Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
Email:
info@steps.ie
Web:
http://steps.ie
Phone:
+ 353 1 6651340
 

 
News Item:
Smart Futures - Made in Ireland

 

This is a video created by STEPS, promoting the engineering profession in Ireland.  It illustrates the accelerating pace of change in society and technology in recent years. The Smart Futures – Made in Ireland video is also a way of showing that engineers will always be necessary to keep finding solutions for society. 

 

The video is available here - Smart Futures - Made in Ireland

 

 



Posted on: 06/02/2012







  STEPS

Structural Engineer
Elaine Dillon
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An interest in technology would also be important and unavoidable if you would like to be an engineer - this is the way of the future

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Elaine Dillon
   
Civil Engineer
Maria O'Neill
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Engineering is all about team work. I'm also organised, and positive. There are no problems, only difficult solutions

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Maria O'Neill