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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The REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme is Ireland's most comprehensive, in depth, multi-format careers programme available. Much more than any textbook, it is a complete, integrated, classroom learning environment that supports Students, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers of career related content, including LCVP and LCA.

Unlike any other careers resource available, it contains four key components:

  • The Student Portfolio
  • The Students Online Career File & Portfolio
  • The School Administration
  • The REACH+ Network Support and Training

The REACH+ programme has been designed to facilitate the delivery of Career and Educational Guidance in Senior Cycle. The programme is only available in participating schools.

The programme covers five core areas:

  • Career Planning
  • Self Assessment
  • Study Skills
  • World of Work
  • World of Education

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Students are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities and research designed to prepare them for the transition from secondary school to work or college. Students taking part in the program each receive a Student Workbook and gain access to REACH+ Online, where they can complete additional exercises, do career research and monitor their study performance over the course of their senior cycle.

Guidance counsellors gain access to an easy to use online management system that enables them to keep track of students' progress, and prepare and deliver classes using powerpoints, videos and guidelines offered through lesson plans.

This consists of three main areas:

  • Student / Class Management
  • Resources (lesson plans, powerpoints, videos etc)
  • School Guidance Website

Further details of the REACH+ programme can be found in our promotional materials below. Additional information can be obtained by contacting reach@careersportal.ie, or by phone (01) 4402314



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