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 Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.
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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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So you want to be an Electrical Engineer?

Without electrical engineers, much of the electrical equipment consumers rely on daily just wouldn’t function, or even exist.

Electrical engineers' speciality is designing, testing, maintaining and improving electrical equipment, such as motors, power generators, and lighting and wiring systems, and to carry out these responsibilites well electrical engineers must exercise solid skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and attention to detail.

Engineering companies and businesses in the manufacturing and research industries will likely employ most electrical engineers, who typically work in office environments. On occasion, however, they may have to conduct site visits to inspect and correct problems.

Careers in electrical engineering generally require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and electrical engineers may even need to be licensed to work.

In Ireland, an electrical engineer can expect to earn an annual salary of €27,667-€71,845, according to PayScale.com.

 


Article by: siliconrepublic.com