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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Sligo College of Further Education

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Further Education

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Open Day
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday, March 02, 2019
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About Us

Sligo College of Further Education is the largest provider of Further Education in the Northwest offering a diverse range of courses for Post Leaving Certificate and mature students.

We have close links with our neighbour, Sligo Institute of Technology and we also work closely with industry and the professions, thus ensuring excellent employment opportunities and progression to Higher Education Institutions for our graduates. Students also have the opportunity to apply for an exciting entrepreneurship internship programme in Exeter, UK.

Our highly qualified and experienced teachers are dedicated to the educational development and advancement of all our students. Our facilities include specialist classrooms across all of our courses and rank among the best in the country. For those requiring accommodation there is an extensive range of good quality affordable houses/apartments within walking distance of the College.

Sligo is a vibrant and dynamic town with over 6000 Third Level/Further Education students and has excellent sporting and recreational facilities. We are confident that you will find a course that will help you achieve your ambitions and progress your education.

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Why us?

Sligo College of Further Education is the largest provider of Further Education in the Northwest offering a diverse range of courses for Post Leaving Certificate and mature students. We have over 30 courses to choose from in fully certified QQI Level 5 & 6.

We have close links with our neighbour, Sligo Institute of Technology and we also work closely with industry and the professions, thus ensuring excellent employment opportunities and progression to Higher Education Institutions for all our graduates. Learner grades and progression to employment and higher education are consistently high.

Sligo is a vibrant and dynamic town with over 6000 Third Level/Further Education students and has excellent sporting and recreational facilities. We are situated right beside ITSligo with students able to enjoy the facilities which both colleges have to offer.

Work experience is a mandatory element of each course whereby students are afforded the opportunity to develop vocational skills in a real work environment. All our students are afforded the opportunity to complete their work experience abroad in locations such as Exeter in the UK, Barcelona, Spain and Kempten in Bavaria, Germany, through the Erasmus+ programme.

SligoCFE is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for all our students. We make provision, wherever possible, to facilitate access and participation in the academic courses and student life of SligoCFE. We strive to create an inclusive community where all students are afforded the same opportunities to learn, socialise, participate and progress.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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