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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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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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Winners 2016

National Career Skills Competition - 2016 Winners

Congratulations to all this years winners of the 2016 National Career Skills Competition!.

Award ceremony photos now available on Facebook





NATIONAL CAREER SKILLS COMPETITION WINNERS 2016

PLACE

STUDENT NAME

SCHOOL

SCHOOL GUIDANCE / PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

PRIZE

TY CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Sinead Collier

Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms N. Bogue GC

Mac Book Air + Trophy Plus €1,000 for School Programme

2ND PLACE

Aoife Gallogly

Pobailscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kerry

Ms M. Clifford TY

Dr Dre Beats + Engraved Trophy

3RD PLACE

Estelle Stratton

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Anna Brennan

Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms A. Clarke GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Tara McNally

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Eimear Wolf

Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms N. O'Regan GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Darragh Harkin

Crana College, Donegal

Ms Michelle Bradly TY; A. McElhinney GC

Engraved Shield

COMMENDED

Chloe McDonnell

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Lauren Doyle

Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick

Ms E. Leahy TY

Certificate

COMMENDED

Dearbhla Fitzpatrick

Presentation College, Terenure, Dublin

Ms H. Murphy TY

Certificate

COMMENDED

Ciara Moroney

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Caoimhe Judge

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co.Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Eimear Conlon

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Roisín McAteer

Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms N. O'Regan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Ryan Matthews

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Stephanie Kinsella

Our Lady of Lourdes, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Ms J. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Elizabeth Manly

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co.Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Natasha Brennan

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Niamh McDonald

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co.Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Kevin Murray

Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey

Ms M. Maughan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Wardah Rahman

Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms N. O'Regan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Patrick Hodnett

Schull Community College, Co. Cork

Ms Nuala NíBhriain GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Grainne Casey

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

LCVP/LCE/LCA CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Jessica Hanan LCE

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Mac Book Air + Trophy Plus €1,000 for School Programme

2ND PLACE

Colin Kelleher LCVP

St. Brogan's College, Bandon. Co. Cork

Ms S. Brennan LCVP

Dr Dre Beats + Trophy

3RD PLACE

Brianne Murphy LCE

St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart, Co. Clare

Ms J. Ryan LCVP

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

3RD PLACE (Joint)

Amy Hogan LCA

Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co. Meath

Ms E. Flanagan LCA

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Maurice McNamee LCA

Tallaght Community School, Dublin

Ms A. Molloy LCA

Engraved Shield

COMMENDED

Caoimhe Heeney LCE

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Cliodhna White LCE

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Chloe Creighton LCA

Tallaght Community School, Dublin

Ms A. Molloy LCA

Certificate

COMMENDED

Maria Strozynska LCE

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Cian McEvoy LCA

Tallaght Community School, Dublin

Ms A. Molloy LCA

Certificate

COMMENDED

Siobhan Ivess LCA

Coláiste Na Trócaire, Limerick

Ms N. Prendiville

Certificate

COMMENDED

Russell Dillon LCA

Tallaght Community School, Dublin

Ms A. Molloy LCA

Certificate

IRISH CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Sarah Hannan Idirbhliain

Gael Choláiste Luimnigh

Ms A.M. Ní Uaithne GC

Mac Book Air + Trophy Plus €1,000 for School Programme

2ND PLACE

Clare Ní Amaill Idirbhliain

Coláiste Íosagáin, Stigh Lorgan

Iníon Uí Raghallaigh

Dr Dre Beats + Trophy

3RD PLACE

Tara Ní Ghiolla Seanáin Idirbhliain

Coláiste Oiriall, Muineachán

D. Ní Ghallchobhair

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Yu Hua Chaomhánach Idirbhliain

Coláiste Íosagáin, Stigh Lorgan

Iníon Uí Raghallaigh

Engraved Shield

COMMENDED

Amy Ní Riabhaigh Idirbhliain

Coláiste Íosagáin, Stigh Lorgan

Iníon Uí Raghallaigh

Certificate

COMMENDED

Aoife Ni Choistealbha GCAT

Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc

 P. Uí Fhlaithearta CG

Certificate

FET ADULT LEARNER CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Dean Kavanagh

Tallaght Adult Education Centre

Ms J Doherty

Mac Book Air + Engraved Clock

2ND PLACE

Maggie Donnelly

Cabra Community College

Ms S Fitzpatrick

High Spec Samsung Tablet + Engraved Clock

3RD PLACE

Hellen Achan

Ormonde College of Further Education Kilkenny

Ms M. Wall

Samsung Tablet + Engraved Clock

4th PLACE

Kayleign Bolton

Arklow Youthreach

Ms M. Greene

Samsung Tablet + Engraved Clock

Highly COMMENDED

Stefan Bikar

Youthreach Transition Centre, Dublin, 1

Ms M carroll

Engraved Clock

Highly COMMENDED

Sadbh McCoy Shields

Kylemore Community Training Centre

 Mr. R. McEvitt

Engraved Clock


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