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 Colin Butterly from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Colin Butterly

Site Manager - Trade Entry

Construction Industry Federation

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For anyone who even vaguely considers a trade or a management job they shouldn’t hesitate to pursue it as it can surprise you how capable you can become despite any reservations you may have.

It could even introduce you to different roles in the industry that you hadn’t realised were available to you or felt where out of your reach.

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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Louise Lynch, Structural Engineer

Louise Lynch is a Structural Engineer with ESB International. She did Preliminary Engineering in  DIT Bolton St. (1 yr, Introductory Course) and then went on to do the Honours Degree in Structural Engineering there. She loves the travel associated with her job.  ESB International has work in many locations including South Africa, Spain and Vietnam.

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