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:

 

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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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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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).


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