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

Manufacturing Engineer


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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.

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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Good news for Roscommon on the jobs front

New pharmaceutical facility to be developed outside Athlone

It is reported this morning that up to 300 jobs could be on the way at a new pharmaceutical facility in County Roscommon. 100 construction jobs will also be created.

The PriMe 6 development which is located just outside Athlone could see seven drug companies sharing a state-of-the-art 'clean room,' while also having their own facilities. Roscommon TD and Communications Minister Denis Naughten said the development is a unique prospect for any drug company looking to expand into the EU.

Speaking on Newstalk FM this morning, Roscommon TD and Communications Minister Denis Naughten said the development is a unique prospect for any drug company looking to expand into the EU.

The pharmaceutical and Biopharma industry is perhaps Ireland’s most valuable and most stable sector, attracting some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

Nine of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies worldwide are located in Ireland and five of the top 12 selling drugs are produced here. Ireland has also become the world’s largest net exporter of pharmaceuticals worldwide.

The CareersPortal Team

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