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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

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Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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150 new jobs for Drogheda

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150 new jobs for Drogheda

Thursday, March 02, 2017 

150 new jobs for Drogheda

US company, Mobile Technologies Inc, has announced plans for the creation of 150 new jobs in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

The new positions are to come on stream over the next three years, with recruitment already underway for a variety of tech based roles.

The US-based company says the jobs will be based at its newly established European Contact Centre HQ in Drogheda.

Mobile Technologies Inc (MTI) chose Ireland because of the talented and tech savvy workforce, the attractive business environment, and its membership of the EU.

Making the announcement, Minister for Jobs and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD said the investment will provide a significant boost to the economy of the town and wider border region.

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan, said the developemnt will promote Drogheda as an ideal location for conducting international business.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with MTI can be found here.

The CareersPortal Team