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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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A new dawn for Irish aquaculture

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A new dawn for Irish aquaculture

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 

A new dawn for Irish aquaculture

New data from Bord Iascaigh Mhara shows that aquaculture production rose 9% in volume to 44,000 tonnes in 2016. The value of production at first point of sale also increased by about 13% to €167 million.

The aquaculture industry contributed to providing 1,949 jobs, a 6% increase on 2015.

Oysters are aquaculture’s single largest employer, accounting for nearly 1,300 of these. Oyster farming is a relatively young industry in Ireland. Many of those involved are first generation producers. This has meant that they have been on a steep learning curve. Those in the industry have now developed the skills to more consistently produce the quality of oyster required by the market.

Read the report here.