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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

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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Investment Banker

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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They advise on such issues as; shares, takeover bids, acquisitions and mergers.

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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They liaise with regulatory bodies and give strategic advice on large sums of money. They arrange loans to companies both in Ireland and overseas. They deal in securities trading in bonds, equities or derivatives and offer broking facilities.  
They may coordinate teams of professionals including lawyers and accountants. They deal directly with chief executives and directors of companies.


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As an investmentt banker you will have to be able to handle complex information. You must be confident and diplomatic to be able to negotiate at a very high level. You will need excellent inter-personal skills and strong organisational abilities. You will need to be articulate and literate to be able to present information both verbally and in written reports.  
You will need analytical ability to extract relevant information from a mass of detail.  
Increasingly a second language is required.

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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
  Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
  Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: CFA Ireland
  Address: PO Box 11111, Blackrock Co. Dublin
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Organisation: Irish Banking Federation
  Address: Nassau House, Nassau St. Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 671 5311
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