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 Afra Ronayne from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

Afra Ronayne

Mechanical Engineer

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Afra Ronayne
I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.
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Life as Third Secretary in the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade

"It is a huge responsibility to help carry forward our work on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and many other international treaties." Dermot Fitzpatrick, Third Secretary - Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. 

I graduated with a Masters in Political Science from UCD in 2012, having previously obtained a BA in International Relations from Dublin City University.

Jobbridge Internship 

In 2014 I completed a Jobbridge internship in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, where I worked on delivering public sector reform through shared services, and I subsequently joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

I am currently working in the Department's Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Section. In addition to providing briefings and analysis on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, I represent Ireland at EU working groups and at the UN and other international fora, and it is both a challenging and rewarding position.

Ireland is a leading voice on disarmament issues and has been a consistent force arguing for a world free from weapons of mass destruction. It is a huge responsibility to help carry forward our work on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and many other international treaties.

Highlight

A personal highlight was when I represented Ireland at Anti-Personnel Land Mines Convention meetings at the UN in Geneva - sitting behind the Irish flag was an incredibly proud moment and really brought home how big an impact Ireland can have on the world stage.

I will most likely serve in Dublin for a further year or two and then depart on assignment to an Irish diplomatic mission abroad. I would really recommend the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to graduates who are considering their career options.

Article by: Dermot Fitzpatrick