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

Smart Futures

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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.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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AL861  Animation and Illustration 

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CM010  Education Studies 

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CM020  Early Childhood Education 

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CR600  Visual Communications 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

LY408  Design - Common Entry 

Letterkenny Institute of Technology - LYIT 

LY427  Digital Film and Video 

Letterkenny Institute of Technology - LYIT 

LY437  Animation 

Letterkenny Institute of Technology - LYIT 

LY447  Fashion with Promotion 

Letterkenny Institute of Technology - LYIT 

LY457  Graphic and Digital Design 

Letterkenny Institute of Technology - LYIT 

TA014  Advertising and Marketing Communications 

Institute of Technology Tallaght - ITT 

TA023  Advertising and Marketing Communications 

Institute of Technology Tallaght - ITT 

TA114  Marketing 

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TA123  Marketing 

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