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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:

Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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The current landscape of design in Ireland

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The current landscape of design in Ireland

Friday, November 10, 2017 

The current landscape of design in Ireland

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has today published a new report with a specific focus on design.

'Winning by Design - An introduction to the design skills required for firms to be innovative and competitive in global markets', explores the current landscape of design in Ireland, getting behind what exactly is meant by design, which disciplines of design are more relevant to the wider enterprise base and the role of design and the designer in enterprise.

This comprehensive report highlights the complex nature of design today and the myriad ways in which design is rapidly changing.

The focus is not just on what is necessary for the traditional design sectors such as architecture, fashion design, craft, furniture design etc. but also on understanding what design skills are and how they are necessary for the traditionally non-design intensive sectors.

Recommendations are made for the further development and enhancement design in Ireland in key areas including: design education provision; design training for businesses and designer upskilling; and the funding of design. A proposed action plan is included.

'Winning by Design' is available from this link.

The CareersPortal Team