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

STEPS

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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.
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Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Sallynoggin College of Further Education


Sallynoggin College of Further Education 
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Sallynoggin College of Further Education (SCFE) is a recognised centre of excellence in the provision of further education and training (PLC) courses for school-leavers and mature students.

This reputation is based on a commitment to offering the most up-todate, industry-related qualifications, combined with excellent teaching and learning facilities, a supportive College climate which fosters learning and development, and a strong belief in the ability of all learners to achieve their potential.

All courses carry recognised accreditation and have strong links with industry and the professions.

On completion of a course at SCFE, learners are prepared to enter directly into employment, or they may choose to use their QQI/FETAC results to enable them to apply for progression to third level Colleges in Ireland or abroad.

Why choose SCFE?

  • Application to courses is open to all, regardless of previous educational attainment, age or experience
  • Nationally and internationally recognised qualifications
  • Small classes and an inclusive learning environment
  • High success rate in achieving employment after course completion
  • Excellent opportunities to progress to degree programmes outside of CAO
  • Funding available
  • Industry-standard facilities across all courses
  • Excellence in teaching
  • Free student parking