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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer


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Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Open Day 2017


Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to visit the Campus and meet students and staff on the various programmes on offer at St. Angelas College. Open Day takes place in Ãras Michael which is the building located towards the lake shore, please follow the signs on the day or simply ask any of our friendly staff/students if you're unsure. 

You will be warmly welcomed on arrival by our Students Union where you can find out more about student life in St. Angela's College and in Sligo. From here you can also arrange a guided tour of the Campus and the many impressive facilities available.

The guided tour will include the McKeown Library; Science Labs; Textiles and Fashion Labs; Gallery Space; Food Labs; Multimedia Labs; Microteaching Facilities and Clinical Skills Area (limited times only); College Dining Room and our Student Union area.

On the lower level of Ãras Michael the exhibition stands for the various programmes and offices are located. These will include our Home Economics programme, Nursing programmes and our Nutrition, Food and Business Management programme and here you will have the opportunity to speak with staff and students on the programmes. We will also have staff from the Access Office, HEAR and DARE programmes, Finance Office and Student Services available to answer any questions you may have.

Talks are scheduled as indicated below and you can enter the Virginia Henderson Lecture Theatre from the lower level in Ãras Michael (next to the exhibition stands).

Programme Talks in Virginia Henderson Lecture Theatre

10.30 - General and Intellectual Disability Nursing

11.00 - Nutrition, Food and Business Management

11.30 - Home Economics with Biology / Religious Education / Irish / Economics

(please note the lecture theatre may be at capacity for this talk. *A repeat of this talk will follow at 12.15)

12.15 - Home Economics with Biology / Religious Education / Irish / Economics (*repeated from previous talk)

13.00 - Access Progression Routes: HEAR, DARE, Access Programme
(not repeated in afternoon)

13.30 - Nutrition, Food and Business Management
(repeated from earlier session) 

14.00 - General and Intellectual Disability Nursing (repeated from earlier session)

For more information on our College programmes visit the programmes section of our website.

For further information contact Seán Kelly
T: 071 9195512

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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