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:

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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.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Design firm to create 55 jobs in Limerick

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Design firm to create 55 jobs in Limerick

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 

Design firm to create 55 jobs in Limerick

Design Pro has announced it is to Double its workforce over the next year with the creation of 55 new jobs located in its manufacturing facility in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick.

Founded in 2004 by own Paul Collins, DesignPro is regarded as one of the largest auto-mated machine builders in the country. It manufactures equipment for automated pharmaceutical, automotive and green energy throughout the world.

The workforce has also doubled since 2015. Design Pro currently employs 55 people in Rathkeale Industrial Estate and intends to double its plant facility to 60,000 Sq. Feet in 2018. DesignPro has had revenues of over 5million in 2016 and is expected to turn over 7.5million in 2017.

Clients include Proctor & Gamble, Valeo Systems, Merck Millipore and Abbott Diagnostics.

To view all current vacancies by DesignPro you can click here

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 identified a wide range of engineering and technician occupations related to manufacturing that are in demand. In particular, between 2011 and 2016 the growth rate of process, production and QA technicians was 16% on average annually and for electrical/electronic engineers it was 3.5%. Indicating strong ongoing prospects for skilled employees in the manufacturing sector.

One issue identified in the bulletin is that many people with experience in manufacturing do not have skills relevant to the areas in which there is high demand, which are primarily in high technology automated manufacturing, such as high tech manufacturing and medical technology.

If you would also like more information on the manufacturing technician occupation overview you can click here.

Source - The Sunday Business Post