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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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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LCVP & LCA

Both the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied Programme have modules focused on preparing for work.

Most of your school work is designed to provide you with a good general education -  teaching us about our history, our planet, how business operates, how science and technology affects our world and so on.  Without this education, it would be hard to earn a living in the modern world.

However, our general education doesn't cover some of the essential skills required to find jobs, or prepare for the world of employment. Employers are constantly shocked at how bad some students are at applying for jobs and even at interviews. These students simply don't seem to understand the basics of job applications and what employers want.

The LCVP module 'Preparation for the World of Work' and LCA module 'Vocational Preparation & Guidance' address this issue directly, and cover the essential requirements for students in the modern world.

Follow the links on this page to explore the various topics covered in these modules.

One of the key learning points of LCVP and LCA programmes is to help you look at your own personal qualities and characteristics and see how they relate to a career. We asked all of our career interviewees the question "What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Here is what they said...





The qualities that really help me in my job are being a good listener. It is very important to hear and understand what people are telling you about issues they are facing and may impact on the products we manufacture. I am decisive in my decision making based on the information we gather from experts in the process.


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