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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer


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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


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 clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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10 years of success at IADT’s Media Cube

The Media Cube has generated 756 jobs and supported 80 companies throughout its 10 years history

Success has been at the forefront of Dun Laoighaires IADT’s Media Cube with evidence of 756 jobs being generated and a grand total of €25m in equity since 2007. They have also supported 80 companies throughout its 10 years history.

The Media Cube was set up for early stage digital ventures and designed to help businesses grow.

The Media Cube denotes a high-technology start-up community in the digital media and creative technology sectors, and works closely with Enterprise Ireland, the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office and other key agencies.

Graham Byrne, a graduate of IADT and now CEO of Your Smile Direct notes “Your Smile Direct began its life at the Media Cube back in 2014. We were able to get the help, support and contacts at critical times in our growth journey.” ‘Your Smile Direct’ offers online affordable Dental Support. He also adds “the biggest benefit I found was that the Media Cube has a rare community where you can just sit down and have a cup of coffee with five different entrepreneurs all going through the same journey.”

There is also evidence of strong links between IADT and global companies with 50% of the businesses that started out at the Media Cube have scaled globally.

IADT’S Media Cube intends to continue with its success offering a wide range of courses available and also provide at an excellent careers centre

To find out more information about life at IADT click here

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