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 Louise Lynch from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Lynch

Structural Engineer

ESB

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  Louise Lynch
If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.
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As well as providing upskilling courses for the unemployed, the government provides a range of financial allowances to encourage adults to continue their education.

Adults wishing to make use of these allowances must satisfy certain criteria. For example, some allowances are only available to people who are recieving social welfare payments, while others are means tested.

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CRH provides a number of training courses for people at different points in their career. I will be attending a Management Development Programme this year, which is aimed at people with 2-5 years experience in the company.
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