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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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Leaving Certificate - CAO Application Data

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CAO Course Trends

Below is an interactive graph which displays CAO Course Preference data by subject area, by year and by course level.

You can sort the data using the following buttons at the bottom of the graph:

  • Total Applications: Displays all applications for courses in this subject area, regardless of order/preference.
  • First Preference Applications: Represents only those who included this course /area as a first preference.
  • First Round Offers: Displays the actual number of students offered places in First Round Offers
  • Yearly Change: Displays increase / decrease in number of applications from same period in the previous year

Move your mouse over the bars for additional information...


Footnotes:

  • Figures are released for 1st Feb (before students use the change-of-mind facility), and in August after first round offers have been made.
  • All data relating to CAO course offers in this chart are Round 1 offers only.