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 Liam McCaul from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Liam McCaul

R&D Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Liam McCaul
Do your best to find out the most you can about your specific engineering category, whether it be Electronics, Mechanical, Civil etc. Approach companies to try and get experience whilst you are at college, that way you have a running start on how to use the most up to date packages and instruments that companies have, and that then gets you the work experience when you finish college.
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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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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.