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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

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Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


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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Exciting and Progressive Nursing Studies Course

The full-time Nursing studies course is designed to prepare students who intend to pursue a career in nursing or in a health related field. This year’s students had many practical activities throughout the year which they found very insightful and beneficial for their chosen career.

In their practical classes the students learned many hands on care skills such as how to do a bed bath, feed a patient, how to perform a urinalysis, how to take a temperature, pulse and respiratory rates, as well as how to use a nebuliser. They also learned how to dress a wound, identify and prevent pressure sores and take blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope.

The nursing students in North Kerry College were also given the opportunity to learn the correct patient moving and handling techniques as well as the use of moving equipment such as sliding sheets and hoist.
The students in the Nursing studies course are also given the opportunity to get extra certification in practical skills. This year each students successfully completed a Manual Handling and Patient Moving and Handling course. They also completed a First Aid course with Joe O’ Sullivan and they are now qualified First Aiders with invaluable skills in CPR and the use of AED’s (Defibrillators).

The course co-ordinator Louanne Hussey organised many guest speakers such as Kathleen Herlihy, Homecare Co-ordinator with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland who gave a talk on the many challenges when caring for patients with Dementia.  Staff from Home Instead, Tralee and Carebright, Limerick discussed recruitment options within the nursing and healthcare sector.

The nursing students do work experience one day a week and have the opportunity to work in various settings working with different groups including the elderly, adults and children with intellectual disabilities or working with adults who have mental health issues. Work experience also gives the students the opportunity to make contacts in the community to secure future employment.

On successful completion of the Nursing studies course students are qualified to work as a nursing/health care assistant in a number of health and community care settings. Nursing students who want to progress with their studies can apply through their PLC points for nursing in the areas of General, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, Children’s Nursing or Midwifery as well as Health Related Sciences and Applied Social Studies in a number of Institutes of Technology and colleges in Ireland.  Students also have the opportunity to apply to colleges in the UK. 

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