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 Harding from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

John Harding

Mechanical Engineer

ESB

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John Harding
To be an engineer, a person must firstly have a degree. Having an interest in what you are working at is always half the battle. Being technically minded is also a great benefit.
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Creative?
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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Career - Which direction?

As the world of work is constantly changing, it is difficult to know what possible occupations or career paths may exist. If your child expresses an interest in a partcular area, it may be worthwhile to research the area yourself to get an idea as to what the area has to offer.

We have broken down the world of work into approx 30 different career areas (industry sectors). This is a good place to start as each page provides an overview of the sector, along with multiple resources from which to extend your research. (see Career Sectors)

Parents often express concern over the practicalities of their children studying or or pursuing a career in an area that may have few employment opportunities. While it is generally agreed that young people should follow what they are interested in and find something to be passionate about, an awareness of what sectors of our economy are growing and shrinking is useful information to have. Such information is collected annually in Ireland by Forfas and published in their National Skills Bulletin. (see Labour Market Trends)

At some point in your research you may need information on the reality of particular occupations, and how to prepare for them. We provide information on over 500 popular occupations in our database from which you can find lots of information about the work involved, courses that may be relevant, salary information and some statistics relating to the occupation (see Researching Occupations).

Finally, and most importantly, to get a real sense of a particular occupation or job, we encourage you to explore some of the 200+ interviews (most with video) of real people in their workplace taken all over Ireland. These unique interviews contain the stories and experiences of ordinary workers employed in a number of organisations throughout Ireland, and provide insight into the daily work of these individuals, along with information on how they got the job, and why they chose it (see Career Interviews).