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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Over 900 events taking place for Science Week 2017

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Over 900 events taking place for Science Week 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Over 900 events taking place for Science Week 2017

There are over 900 events taking place across Ireland for Science week 2017.

Science Weke is an annual festival of learning and discovery. It provides people around the country with an opportunity to ask questions, explore science in their everyday lives and to find out how science explains the world around us.

This year, members of the public can ask questions on social media about the world around them using the hashtag #StopAndAsk.

Science Foundation Ireland, the organisers of Science Week, and its partners and the science community, will aim to answer the best questions throughout the week.

"Science Week is a brilliant opportunity to explore the world of science and technology that surrounds us all, and is playing an increasing role in our lives," said Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at SFI.  She added: "Science helps us to ask and answer the questions, solve the problems and to consider what is next. "This Science Week, we want as many people as possible to get involved and ask the questions that matter to them - the questions that have always made them curious!"

Science Week 2017 runs until next Sunday19th November.

Find out about events in your location via this link