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 John Harding from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

John Harding

Mechanical Engineer

ESB

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To be an engineer, a person must firstly have a degree. Having an interest in what you are working at is always half the battle. Being technically minded is also a great benefit.
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Grants (SUSI) & Scholarships

When you consider the high cost of going to college, it's well worth taking a look at the opportunities available to supplement them in some way.

The Student Grant Scheme

Students attending full-time Higher Education courses (Level 6-9) and full-time Further Education courses (Level 5-6) can get financial support through the means-tested Student Grant Scheme.

The student grant is made up of a Maintenance Grant and a Fee Grant. The Maintenance Grant is a contribution towards living costs and the Fee Grant can cover Tuition fees, Student contribution and the Cost of essential field trips associated with yur course. In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant, you will also qualify for whatever elements of a fee grant apply to your situation.

SUSI is the centralised online system for processing student grant applications. 

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Scholarships and Awards

It may surprise you to discover that there are over 300 scholarships and bursaries available in third level institutions across Ireland with a wide variety of criteria for eligibility. These can range from entrance scholarships for exceptional academic results, to supports for sports excellence, or talent in particular subject areas such as music or the arts and many, many more. It is well worth taking the time to investigate the options.

Click here for detailed information on the wide range of Scholarships & Award Schemes available.


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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