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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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100 extra guidance posts reconfirmed in 2017 Education Action Plan

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100 extra guidance posts reconfirmed in 2017 Education Action Plan

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 

100 extra guidance posts reconfirmed in 2017 Education Action Plan

The Government has launched its Action Plan for Education 2017. Hundreds of actions are to be delivered under the plan with a focus on Skills, Technology, Wellbeing and tackling disadvantage.

The plan is aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade.

When the Minister launched the three year Action Plan for Education in September, he set out that it would be an annual process which underpins the goals of the plan with concrete actions to be delivered each year according to strict timelines. The 2017 Plan launched this week contains over 400 actions and sub actions.

"Education is central to all our ambitions as a nation. It supports the development of a strong growing economy while sustaining a fair and compassionate society."

Actions are to be implemented in 2017 by the Department, its agencies and others across government. Timelines and lead responsibility have also been assigned.

Guidance Services

The key themes for 2017 include a particular focus on guidance provision. Actions to enhance guidance counselling at second level includes the allocation of 100 additional guidance posts from September 2017. Funding for these posts was allocated under budget 2016 and, together with the 300 guidance posts restored under Budget 2016, these will be allocated separately outside of the general allocation.

Guidance services:

  • We will enhance guidance services in schools, with the allocation of 100 additional guidance posts from September 2017.
  • We will commence a review of guidance services, tools and careers information for students and adults. 

Under Goal 4 , 'to build stronger bridges between education and the wider community' the plan states "We want to promote lifelong learning and improved career guidance for students so that they can make well-informed choices. We want to attract talent from around the world to our education institutions, engage in world-class research and collaborations and we want to ensure quality standards and best international practice for learners in Ireland".

Enhance support for learners to make informed career choices: 

Career information and guidance services are key to supporting learners in making informed choices. Work experience also provides an opportunity for students to gain insight into the world of work and help in identifying possible career paths.

Helping learners to make informed career choices:

  • We will review work experience at post-primary level;
  • Commence a review of guidance services, tools and career information and
  • make recommendations to improve services and encourage FET providers and Higher Education Institutions to provide employability statements for courses/disciplines to better inform students, parents and employers.

The full text of the action plan is available from DES here.

The CareersPortal Team