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 Louise Lynch from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Lynch

Structural Engineer

ESB

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  Louise Lynch
If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.
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Business owner of new enterprise/company who typically directs all business actions for the enterprise.


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Brian Kelly
Science Entrepreneur

Brian is an Entrepreneur who setup his own business from ideas he encountered as a PHD student in UCD. After completing a general Science degree in UCD, he chose to pursue a PHD within the Chemistry dept, with aspirations for a career in the Pharma Chemical sector. His company, Celtic Catalysts, currently employs 17 staff and provides the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical industries with pioneering chemistry for asymmetric synthesis.

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  • Finds and develops new business ideas and opportunities in an effort to be successful and profitable
  • Improves on the current available market offerings
  • Sources the funding to launch the enterprise
  • Follows through and begins a new business
  • Operates the business on a day-to-day basis, overseeing all details and nurturing the company to success
  • Works long hours and perseveres through tough times
  • Generates a profit and becomes more financially secure than depending on a wage from an employer
  • Takes a risk and aims for success


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Risk-taker, adaptable; ability to come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things; good judgement; decisive; ambitious and self confident. A desire to work for yourself, make your own decisions, to feel secure and in control, and to be your own boss with the freedom and flexibility that comes with the role.

Entrepreneurs need good time-management, leadership, and decision-making skills. Communication with a diverse range of people, including staff, clients, customers, investors, suppliers etc, requires good communication skills and an ability be comfortable meeting people, networking, and forming relationships.


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There are no educational requirements for entrepreneurs, in fact many successful entrepreneurs have no educational qualifications whatsoever.

Some entrepreneurs may hold a Bachelor or Master's Degree in Business, or in a field related to their enterprise interest e.g a fashion retailer may have a degree in fashion design.

Entrepreneurs often gain training and experience in their chosen enterprise area through apprenticeship, internship, and/or on-the-job training at other companies.

Last Updated: June, 2014


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