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


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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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

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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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


We will host our Guidance Counsellor Information Day on Wednesday October 25th 2017

The Admissions Team at DIT will host an information day for Guidance Counsellors on Wednesday, 25th October 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm in St Laurence’s at DIT Grangegorman.


DIT Grangegorman - location of Guidance Counsellor Information Day 2017

The event offers an opportunity for guidance counsellors to hear talks by lecturers, current students and admissions staff in addition to networking with their colleagues from across the country. 

On Guidance Counsellor Information Day, DIT will showcase its extensive range of professional, career-focused programmes, delivered across all of a large number of disciplines, including key areas in the sciences and health; business and media; hospitality, tourism and culinary arts; engineering and all aspects of the built environment; visual and performing arts; social care and early education.

As well as the wide choice of programmes, DIT also offers a wide range of entry routes at Level 6, 7 and 8 with obvious pathways to higher levels in each case. There is also a range of supports for those returning to education as mature students; students from backgrounds of economic disadvantage; and those with a physical or learning disability.

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