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.

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Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

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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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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40 jobs with opening of new Dublin tech centre

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40 jobs with opening of new Dublin tech centre

Friday, May 19, 2017 

40 jobs with opening of new Dublin tech centre

Irish Manufacturing Research has today announced the creation of 40 jobs with the opening of its Dublin Technology Centre.

The new jobs will be high tech roles in robotics, data analytics and 3D manufacturing.

The company’s new innovation lab was officially opened in Dublin by An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald and Minster for Jobs and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD.

Barry Kennedy, CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research says the company are confident that the jobs will go to graduates of Irish universities, adding: "Ireland is very well postioned for the types of graduates we have coming out of universities ... Some of the types of jobs that we are creating are new to the market and we are working very closely with our university partners in terms of developing our graduates and post graduates to meet the growing needs of these emerging skills as they are emerging."

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Irish Manufacturing Research are available here.

The CareersPortal Team