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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Job Bridge

JobBridge, The National Internship Scheme, became operational on 1st July 2011. The scheme provided internship opportunities of 6 or 9 months in duration, for unemployed individuals with organisations across the private, public and community & voluntary sectors.

The aim of the JobBridge Scheme was to provide those seeking employment with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, maintain close links with the labour market and to enhance their skills and competencies through a quality internship opportunity.

JobBridge scheme ends

On October 19th 2016, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announced that the current JobBridge internship programme was to close to new participants. 

From 21st October 2016, JobBridge closed to new applications. Existing nine-month JobBridge placement holders will continue until the conclusion. People who have already applied for positions will have until 25 November 2016 to start the internship. A review of JobBridge has recommended that it should be replaced by a new work experience programme. Details on the new scheme are to follow.

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