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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Leaving Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Leaving Cert in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Students normally choose 6 to 8 subjects from the list. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although two subjects, Irish and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Students following the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) take 6 or 7 Leaving Certificate subjects and two additional Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students follow a self-contained pre-vocational programme made up of a range of courses that are structured round three elements: Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical
  more...  Construction Studies
  more...  Engineering
  more...  Design & Comm Graphics
  more...  Technology
Science
  more...  Agricultural Science
  more...  Applied Maths
  more...  Biology
  more...  Chemistry
  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Physics
  more...  Physics and Chemistry
Artistic
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Humanities
  more...  Arabic
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  English
  more...  French
  more...  Gaeilge
  more...  German
  more...  Hebrew Studies
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Japanese
  more...  Latin
  more...  Russian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  Other Language
  more...  Ancient Greek
Social
  more...  Geography
  more...  Home Economics S&S
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  Religious Education (Non Exam)
  more...  Politics & Society
Business
  more...  Accounting
  more...  Business
  more...  Economics
  more...  Agricultural Economics
  more...  LCVP Link Modules