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 Brian Howard from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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  Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.


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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This programme structure is designed so that students will gain skillsets in the installation, audit & analysis, and design of energy systems. Students gain the core knowledge and skills of an Energy Engineer, while still maintaining the fundamental skillsets of a Mechanical Engineer.


This is a three year full-time Level 7 ordinary degree programme.

The programme focuses on five key areas; Electrical Power, Electrical Services, Electrical Automation, Energy Systems, Business and Project Management skills

Direct entry to Year 2 is available to suitably qualified applicants such as electricians who apply directly to the Admissions Office, GMIT.

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