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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:

Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.


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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CAO Change of Mind deadline Saturday 1st July 2017

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CAO Change of Mind deadline Saturday 1st July 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 

CAO Change of Mind deadline Saturday 1st July 2017

CAO applicants are reminded that the Change of Mind deadline is this Saturday, 1st July at 5:15 pm.

This free facility offers applicants the opportunity to add, remove or change the order of their course choices. [Some restrictions apply – for more information see page 3 of the CAO handbook].

CAO advises all applicants to think carefully about introducing new courses or changing their order of preference at this stage in the application process.

CAO General Manager, Joseph O’ Grady, asks applicants to remember to place their course choices in genuine order of preference; “Every year we experience a surge in last-minute amendments to CAO applications. This is due to a number of factors, for example, more time spent researching courses and the introduction of new areas of interest.

“In 2016, fifty-four per cent of applicants availed of the Change of Mind facility at least once. “What we would like to advise applicants to avoid doing is making changes to their order of preference or course choices based on how they feel they have performed in their examinations.

“If applicants simply follow the golden rule of placing all of their courses in their genuine order of preference they will be offered the course highest up on their preference list that they are deemed entitled to, if any”, he added.

Other advice for applicants from CAO is as follows:

  • Make sure to carefully check your application and ensure that all of the course codes are correct and listed in order of preference.
  • When entering new courses or editing existing course choices applicants must list ALL courses on the New Choices list.
  • Use the online Change of Mind facility – it is quicker, easier and helps to reduce the opportunity for applicant error.
  • Carefully read any correspondence from CAO, including the ‘Statement of Course Choices’ which is sent to applicants after amendments are made to CAO course choices. Applicants will also receive an email showing these changes.

What happens next?

The date for Round 1 CAO Offers is 21st August. Applicants will be notified by post and e-mail if they have received an offer and will have until 5:15 pm on 28th August to register an acceptance.

Applicants who do not receive an offer in Round 1 will receive a Statement of Application Record which they must carefully check and notify CAO of any errors or omissions. The expected date for Round 2 Offers is 31st August.

A video guide to the CAO Change of Mind process is available here.

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