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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Studying Abroad

Why study abroad? Many studies show that a period spent abroad enriches a student’s life in both the academic and professional fields. The experience improves language-learning, intercultural skills, self-reliance and self-awareness. Many employers value this experience highly and it can increase the students' employability and job prospects going forward.

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Students opt to study abroad for different reasons: the entry requirements may be easier; you may have access to courses abroad that are not available in Ireland; you may simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland. It is important to consider the differences between studying in Ireland and studying abroad, in particular: Application procedures, Duration of courses, College Fees and Living Expenses.