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.

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Trevor Laffan

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  Trevor Laffan
There is no special talent required to do what I do and there are many capable of doing it. The first requirement is an ability to communicate with people, including listening skills. The second requirement is common sense. Unfortunately that can't be learned or purchased - you either have it or you don't. The third requirement is an interest in people.
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How did you go about getting your current job?
A friend noticed the job on irishjobs.ie and I rang the company directly. Sometimes the personal touch is helpful, which I followed with a CV submission. I then did an interview with the Human Resource Manager and also the senior electronic engineer. I was contacted by the Human Resource Manager a week later to notify me of their decision to hire me. It was a great feeling. 


Describe a typical day?
My work hours are 8:30 to 5:00, and we finish early (3:50) on Friday. First duty every day is to check my emails, to address any issues. Because our main plant is in Japan, we are in constant contact with them. With the time difference, between 8:30am to 10:00 am is the only time we can contact them. 

I have a number of functions such as supporting the manufacturing area on electronic test issues and also developing new tests. It's a good feeling when you solve a particular problem. There is a level of responsibility attached to the job so you have a level of respect from colleagues. 


What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
My main tasks are to:
  • Support our manufacturing production on electronic test issues.
  • Develop new electonic tests for new products.
  • Interact with the Japan office and also work colleagues on finding the correct solution. It is a team based organisation.
  • Act as a representative for the company on business trips abroad. Ethics are important.
  • Come up with new and innovative ideas, while trying to minimise cost.
  • Always maintain a positive attitude.
 


What are the main challenges?
There are many challenges. Everyday we come up against a new problem that needs to be solved. We are encouraged from the beginning of college to become an efficient problem solver and you really use this in the workplace. 


What's cool?
Job satisfaction, the social element to work (with regular nights out, summer barbecue, and Christmas social), and security. The aspect I like most about my job is the constant challenge and change that it brings. There is a great team atmosphere. 


What's not so cool?
In the role of being an Engineer, you have a level of respect and responsibility. Sometimes in order to complete a project on time, some extra hours are needed. 


What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
I bring a positive attitude, a good work ethic and a lot of knowledge, built up from years in college and the workplace.