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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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DIT is a very modern institution but with a fascinating history that dates back to 1887. Now, it ranks as one of the largest and most innovative institutions of higher education in Ireland, with more than 20,000 students enrolled on full and part-time programmes, from apprenticeship to post-doctoral research.

DIT is an exciting place to be a student. We are proud of our excellent reputation in the arts and media, business and finance, engineering and the sciences, architecture and planning, social sciences and law, tourism and food. Our programmes are career focused, combining academic excellence with practice-based learning. Our aim is to ensure that our students graduate successfully, prepared to play their part in society and capable of adapting to a changing international environment.

Academic achievement is important, but the whole student experience includes every aspect of life. While DIT is a large institution, our students work together in small teams and quickly get to know one another as well as the academic and support staff. Students are encouraged to become involved in some of the many societies and sports clubs on campus, to participate fully in campus life and to be open to getting to know new people and making good friends.

We look forward to welcoming you to DIT and becoming part of our community.