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 John Smith from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

John Smith

Engineer - Process

Intel

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  John Smith
On a personal level you need to be a good team player, good communicator and organised. From a technical viewpoint a background in physical sciences or engineering is essential. A PhD in semiconductor related field would prove extremely beneficial. The opportunities are vast within a company the size of Intel so you do have the option to change career direction if needed.
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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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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.