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 John Harding from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


John Harding

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  John Harding
To be an engineer, a person must firstly have a degree. Having an interest in what you are working at is always half the battle. Being technically minded is also a great benefit.

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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Acting - D-201

This is a three-year, full-time, intensive honours degree designed to train students of exceptional talent with the skills necessary for a career as an actor in professional theatre, TV and Film industries.

The application process opens in November each year and closes in February the following year. Everyone who applies for a place on this course will get an audition.  Successful candidates will have at least one if not two further auditions.

The Lir provide one day audition workshops and four day audition masterclasses to help students prepare.

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All courses require that the applicant meets the matriculation set out by Trinity College Dublin, i.e

To be offered a place in Trinity you must:

  • Present six subjects, three of which must be at grade C or above on higher Leaving Certificate papers or at least grade C in the University Matriculation examination

The six subjects above must include:

  • A pass in English
  • A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English


  • a pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language

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