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:

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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.


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Dublin City Council to bring back apprenticeships in 2018

15 positions in 2018 with the intake of apprentices to increase significantly in 2019

Dublin City Council is to bring back apprenticeship schemes next year. Whilst there will be only 15 positions in 2018, it is anticipated that the intake of apprentices will increase significantly in 2019.

The decision to reintroduce the apprenticeship scheme was announced in Budget 2018. The city council is now expected to fill posts next year for:

  • apprentice plumbers,
  • apprentice carpenters,
  • apprentice electricians and
  • apprentice stonemasons.

Although there will be only 15 posts across these four areas next year Dublin City Council is likely to increase that number substantially in 2019. The apprenticeships are across the work areas of housing maintenance and environment, and the transportation department.

It is reported that Dublin City Council staff is at an all-time low. In areas such as housing maintenance, the council has become over-reliant on contractors. It now wishes to recommence recruitment and develop the necessary the necessary skills in-house to deliver a first class service. The re-introduction of apprenticeship recruitment is an important way of addressing this.

Under Budget 2018 over 6,000 new apprenticeship places and 10 new apprenticeship schemes were announced for 2018 by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe.

When recruitment opens with Dublin City Council in 2018, apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised. Details of all current vacancies are available here on the Council's website and on

Find out more about Apprenticeships.

The CareersPortal Team

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