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 Luke Drea from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Luke Drea

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The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is more of a life style than a job.

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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I regard walking around in steel toe boots, high-vis jacket and hard hat in all kinds of weather as cool.

Although the weather can be terrible sometimes, it is great to get so much fresh air and exercise from walking around.

The job can be as hands-on as an engineer wants it to be. Its great to be able to balance the hands-on with the computer work.

Whats best about the job is the freedom to make decisions as time goes by. More responsibility is given to engineers over the months and years and, while there is always a wealth of knowledge to fall back on and a multitude of people to ask advice from, it is very satisfying to be given the freedom to make alot of decisions freely at a young age.

The day is generally not structured by one's boss but rather the decision is left to the engineer as to how they spend their time, as long as all the work gets done that is required.

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