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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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35 new jobs with digital mapping specialist Esri Ireland

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35 new jobs with digital mapping specialist Esri Ireland

Thursday, April 27, 2017 

35 new jobs with digital mapping specialist Esri Ireland

Digital mapping specialist Esri Ireland has announced plans to create 35 new jobs, bringing the total number employed by the company in Dublin and Belfast to 85.

Esri Ireland is a provider of geographic information systems (GIS). The addditional jobs will come on stream over the next 2½ years, supporting its expansion plans towards 2020. 

Esri Ireland is recruiting across a number of roles, including:

  • GIS consultants and developers
  • Technical support
  • Software engineers and
  • Sales and marketing

Details of current vacancies with Esri Ireland are available here.


Esri Ireland's flagship product suite called ArcGIS, had revenues of €7 million in 2016, up 21 per cent on the previous year and is now looking to grow revenues by a further €3 million.

ArcGis provides an infrastructure for making and sharing maps and geographic information available throughout communities.

“The growth of digital information and mapping in particular means that businesses and government are increasingly seeing opportunities to achieve competitive advantage, service improvement and cost savings from geographic information systems,” said Esri director and country manager Paul Synnott.

What college course? Check out DT112 Geographic Science at Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT

The CareersPortal Team