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

STEPS

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Maria O'Neill

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....

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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Places still available on FREE Springboard+ Courses

Homemakers as well as people who are employed, unemployed and self-employed can apply

Eligibility for more than 200 Springboard+ courses was broadened in 2017 to allow applications from people on homemaking duties wishing to return to the workforce.

To date, over 300 homemakers have availed of the opportunity to enrol in free higher education courses in areas where there are significant skills shortages in Ireland including Business, Entrepreneurship, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing.

Around 28,000 people have been supported under the National Training Fund to take part in Springboard+ courses in a range of sectors since 2011.

Initially Springboard+ was aimed solely at unemployed people to help them enhance their skillset and improve their chances of getting back to work. Access has now been further widened to include both self-employed and employed people wanting to reskill or upskill.

New courses commencing this autumn were announced in May with an estimated 6,500 places available, and homemakers eligible for the first time. The majority of courses have now commenced. To date, 4,491 have accepted places on over 208 courses, representing a 90% fill rate.

Some courses are still open for application - Full details can be found here

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