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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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Sinead Kenny
If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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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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Special Routes to Higher Education

HEAR and DARE are special routes into college for students who may have particular difficulties:

What is HEAR?

HEAR is not a grant scheme - it is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. 

Colleges participating in the HEAR scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. The HEAR scheme is aimed at eligible students that have ability, motivation and the potential to succeed at 3rd level.  

What are the Benefits of HEAR?

  • Entry into a broad range of courses on reduced CAO points
  • A wide range of post-entry supports for eligible students

To find out more about the HEAR scheme click here.

What is DARE?

DARE is is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years old. The scheme has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. 

Who is it for?
DARE is for school leavers who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their disability.

To find out more about the DARE scheme click here


What are your Career Interests?

Creative
Creative
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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