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 Tracey Roche from Analog Devices to give some advice for people considering this job:

Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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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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