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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370 New jobs announced with Bluebird Care

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370 New jobs announced with Bluebird Care

Monday, September 11, 2017 

370 New jobs announced with Bluebird Care

Homecare provider Bluebird Care is to grow its home care team by a fifth. The company has today announced plans for the creation of 370 new jobs.

The jobs will be available across the country, with recruitment set to begin in the coming weeks for various roles including Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants.

Recruitment events will take place in Galway, Wexford and Dublin.

Bluebird Care  has 26 offices across the country, serving Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Wicklow, Donegal, Leitrim, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Longford, Westmeath, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Clare, Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Wexford. The company currently employs almost 1,000 people nationwide and is committed to on-going training and development with all staff achieving FETAC level 5 awards in relevant subjects. 

Details of all current opportunities with Bluebird Care are available here.

The CareersPortal Team