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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer


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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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National Pen plans 250 new jobs for Dundalk

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National Pen plans 250 new jobs for Dundalk

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 

National Pen plans 250 new jobs for Dundalk

National Pen has announced it will be creating 250 New Jobs in Dundalk as part of its expansion plans over the next 5 years. The announcement came as it celebrated its 30th Anniversary based in Dundalk.

Since its opening in Dundalk 30 years ago National Pen has grown to a milestone of over 1,000 employees between full-time and temporary staff.

National Pen is a worldwide leader in providing high value promotional products for businesses and professionals by providing expert knowledge and effective promotional products such as pens, magnets, calendars, mugs, tote bags and more.

Dundalk and the county Louth area has seen a huge boost in IDA jobs with the numbers employed by the foreign companies having risen form 1,300 in 2009 to close to 4,000 currently.

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