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.

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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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Junior Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Junior Cycle in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although three subjects, Irish, English and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Junior cycle lies within the compulsory period of education and is usually taken by students between the ages of 12 and 15. The aims and intended outcomes of Junior Cycle emphasise the importance of students experiencing a broad, balanced and coherent programme of study across a wide range of curriculum areas in order to prepare them for transition to Senior Cycle education. This is achieved by ensuring that students encounter an educational programme that covers a number of areas of experience.

Students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and those viewed as at risk of leaving school early may follow the Junior Certificate School Programme.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical
  more...  Materials Technology Wood
  more...  Technology
  more...  Metalwork
  more...  Typewriting
  more...  Coding [SC]
  more...  Digital Media Literacy [SC]
Science
  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Science
  more...  CSI: Exploring Forensic Science [SC]
Artistic
  more...  Art, Craft Design
  more...  Music
  more...  Technical Graphics
  more...  Artistic Performance [SC]
Humanities
  more...  French
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  English
  more...  Geography
  more...  Latin
  more...  Ancient Greek
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  ESS
  more...  German
  more...  Gaeilge
  more...  Jewish Studies
  more...  Chinese Language & Culture [SC]
Social
  more...  CSPE
  more...  Physical Education
  more...  Home Economics
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  SPHE
  more...  Civic, Social & Political Education [SC]
  more...  Physical Education [SC]
  more...  A Personal Project - Caring for Animals [SC]
  more...  Social, Personal & Health Education [SC]
Business
  more...  Business Studies