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 Shane Callanan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Shane Callanan

Electronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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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Ireland is Fast becoming a Medtech Global Hub

Six Reasons to Consider a Career in Medtech

The Medtech sector in Ireland is renowned internationally and Ireland has fast become a medtech global hub. A government strategy to invest €5bn per year will support growth in this sector and will aid the creation of an expected 4,000 jobs in medtech by 2020.  

Sounds great, but what is Medtech?

Billions of patients worldwide depend on medical devices and technologies, at home, at the doctor’s office, in hospitals and in nursing homes. Career opportunities in the world of medical technologies range from the research, design and manufacture of simple consumables such as bandages to electrically active implantable products such as artificial hearts, cardiovascular stents, orthopaedic knees, wheelchairs and contact lenses, to medical software used to record patient data.

Some of Ireland’s Contributions to Medtech

  • 30 million people, that’s 25% of the world’s population that have diabetes, rely on an injectable device manufactured in Ireland
  • 50% of ventilators worldwide in acute hospitals are manufactured in Ireland
  • 33% of the world’s contact lenses are made in Ireland


If your interest is peaked, click here  to read 

6 Reasons to Consider a Career in Medtech

The CareersPortal Team


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