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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer


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Jason Ruane

Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Career Options Castlebar Event

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Career Options Castlebar Event

Thursday, October 05, 2017 

Career Options Castlebar Event

In partnership with The Education Working Group of Mayo County Council and the North East LEADER Partnership Co., Davitt College is organising its annual Career Options Event in Davitt College, Castlebar on Saturday 14h October 2017.

The event will run from 12p.m. until 4.00p.m. Admission is free.

Mr. Brian Mooney (Guidance Counsellor and Educational Columnist/Analyst with the Irish Times) is guest speaker at the annual Career Options Event. 

"Students and their parents will also have easy access to information on grants, scholarships and bursaries available to students progressing to Third Level, together with important advice on applying to CAO, UCAS and SUSI"

Click here to download the schedule of presentations. 

The CareersPortal Team