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 Rebecca Tighe from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:
Engineering in general is an extremely broad career and can lead to you many different applications and many different parts of the world. Itís also a career which can give you a set of skills highly adaptable to other careers. In Intel the same applies. Day to day the job changes so being able to change with the job is important. Make sure you are adaptable and can apply your skills in many different situations.
What are your interests?
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 sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I took all the usual subjects EXCEPT Accounting and Business Organization. I think that not doing any business subjects in secondary school led me onto choosing my college course – Business and Legal Studies in UCD. I felt that as a life skill I needed to have an idea of business and I am really glad I chose that course. It gave me the opportunity to pursue either a career in business or in law and interestingly I found that the legal knowledge I gained in college was of great benefit to me when training to be a CTA.