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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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:
3 main things:
1. Be organised.
2. Try to keep a positive attitude.
3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the onion...as you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.
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My choice of subjects didn’t directly affect my career path but Geography helped. You only needed a junior cert when I chose my career, although I did the Leaving Cert. I did the Deckhand Course to start which included safety training and an introduction to most of the skills required. Most training is done on the job. I then did the 2nd hand full certificate of competency (Skipper) which you needed to start as a Skipper on a boat. I don’t think I would have changed my education choices.
All secondary school, Leaving Cert, NCUA Deckhand Course with work placement (4 months), Radio Cert ‘long range cert’ (3 days), First Aid Sea Survival (3 days), Firefighting, Certificate of Competency (skipper) 4 month course with GOC (general operators certificate ‘radio course’).
All my education during and since secondary school has been useful.
I don’t know yet, it depends where my life goes. I am well qualified for what I’m doing currently.