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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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:
Possibly useful qualities/interests:
A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.
An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.
A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.
Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.
Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.
Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.
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|►||The Changing World of Work|
|►||Career Stories from around Ireland|
|►||Types of Employment|
|►||Changing Career Direction|
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An employer is a person or organisation who pays you money in return for the work you are contracted to do. Most employers can be seen as organisations containing a collection of people from a range of occupations who work together to achieve certain goals, often guided by the organisations 'Mission Statement', (their purpose or function).
Organisations come in many forms - small businesses with just a few staff, to medium-sized companies or large corporations that may operate in several countries and in many different industries. They can also take the form of Associations, Foundations, Institutes, Co-ops and Societies.
Each employer/organisation is unique, having a different 'personality' or culture. They often have different values - some value profit above all else, others are more 'family friendly', others are idealistic, and so on. Choosing an employer that suits you is just as important as choosing a job - if your way of working or living is at odds with your employer, neither of you will be happy. Click on some of the Organisations (below) for detailed insights into some leading Irish organisations.