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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:

Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.
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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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Education, Training & Development


Under the Education, Training and Development (ET&D) option of the Back To Education Programmes, a person may continue to receive (subject to certain conditions) his/her Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development.

Note: unlike the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) Scheme, this option is not a stand alone scheme. Persons who qualify under the ET&D Option continue to be paid Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit as appropriate, and must be available for employment for the duration of the course of education, training or development.

Courses which are not recognised under BTEA and which are being pursued at an institution which is funded wholly or partly by state agencies, may be approved under this initiative, if they lead to improved employment prospects on completion.

A broad range of courses may be approved under the scheme including: Personal Development, Literacy, General Training and Specific Job Skills courses.

Eligible participants must be:

  • At least 21 years of age or
  • Aged between 18 and 20 and out of the formal education system for at least 2 years
  • In receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit for at least 6 months
Further information on the ET&D Option is available click here