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 Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kieran Magee

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Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Is engineering for me?

Are you naturally curious about how things work? Love solving problems? Enjoy making, breaking or designing things? If you answered yes, engineering might be right for you.

Is engineering for me?

Are you naturally curious about how things work? Love solving problems? Enjoy making, breaking or designing things? If you answered yes, engineering might be right for you.

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STEPS works in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland Smart-Futures-STEPS-SFI-merged-logo-2016-cropped-250.jpgon Smart Futures, a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. STEPS is managed by Engineers Ireland and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, and a number of major engineering employers.

The aims of the STEPS programme are:
  • Encouraging a positive attitude towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Introducing to students the relevance of science, engineering, technology and mathematics to industry and everyday life
  • Raising a positive awareness and understanding of engineering as a career choice
  • Promoting a greater understanding of the role and contribution of engineering in society
  • Highlighting the advantages, diversity, opportunities and excellent rewards offered by a career in engineering

The STEPS team develops programmes for various audiences, including primary and post-primary students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents. All STEPS post-primary activity is part of the national Smart Futures programme.

STEPS is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Funding Programme and is managed by Engineers Ireland. It is supported by a number of major engineering employers.

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme that provides second-level school students in Ireland with information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and access to role models via its volunteering programme which offers free school visits. Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with the Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme.

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