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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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You can submit your entry Online, by Email or by Post.

Online Entries

To submit your entry online, you must have a CareersPortal account.

To create an account, or to login if you have an account, click here: Login. Then follow the links to the competition.

Postal or Email Entries

The submission should be typed into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) and formatted to produce a clear and concise document. Use the headings provided in the instructions to layout the document, and include information on all sections required.

Once the document is completed it should be checked by your Programme Coordinator/teacher or Guidance Counsellor to ensure all the relevant sections are included.

Please also ensure all the appropriate information in section 1 (entry details) are included and accurate.

Your document can be submitted in a number of ways.

1. Email the completed document as an attachment to careerskills@careersportal.ie with the following details in your subject line: Your Name, Competition Category and School Name
e.g. John Smith, TY, Marian College

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2. Print your document and post it to the following address:

TY / LCA / LCVP / LC (select one)
National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,
Clonskeagh,
Dublin 14.

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3. Create the document online using our online word processor.

The closing date for the submission is the 5th April 2017. The winners and award ceremony will be announced in May 2017.


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