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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician with Air Corps open for application

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Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician with Air Corps open for application

Monday, July 17, 2017 

Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician with Air Corps open for application

The Irish Air Corps is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician scheme. We are looking for motivated people who enjoy working as part of a Team. Successful candidates will become an integral part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the Air Corps fleet and will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Military Aviation Technology Level 7 (Tech), accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

The closing date for this competition 23.59Hrs on August 10th, 2017.


Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 23 years of age on the closing date for applications for this competition which is 10th August 2017. 


Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Air Corps. At the time of entry into the Air Corps (not application), a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including Mathematics and English or Irish and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Construction studies. Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable.

Always read the full entry requirement details before completing your application.

A successful candidate must have attained the CAO points requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering Tec (Ord) Aviation Technology Degree i.e.  DT 011, which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute — Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). In 2016, CAO points were 340.

For full details and application click here.

The CareersPortal Team