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 Brendan White from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

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To prepare your work place first thing in the morning would be the most important part of my job.
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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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Work Experience

Often reported as one of the highlights of TY, doing a work experience gives you the opportunity to see what the world of work is really like.

You will probably be required to do at least 10 days work experience - maybe in two or more different companies. Many schools do more - offering a greater chance to experience what work is like, and helping you to decide what it is you'd like to do in your own future career.

Everything about work experience is about developing skills in a different way to normal classroom work. You will be expected to find your own placement, create a CV, and maybe even do a career interview.

As you are not expected to have had any previous employment experience, there is no pressure to perform any real work when you do your work experience. For your employer, it's all down to your personality, your willingness to learn, your level of interest and your behaviour and attitude on the job. For you, its about learning what its like to work in the area, and whether you think that sort of work would interest you.

There are lots of resources on this site to help you prepare and get the most out of your work experience. Why not watch the video below to get an idea of what may be involved.

Work Experience - TY Students tell of their experience.

Preparing for an Interview - Tips for Interview preparation.





I have had many. Initially, I spent some time in transition year working on some basic electronics projects. This, along with my interest in solving problems, and the feeling you get, were the reasons why I decided to pursue Engineering.

Also, every time I have decided to go back to college (I am still part time) it has been because of an ever changing engineering world. It is fast paced and exciting.

One particular story I tell, is of being in a position in junior cert where I had done badly in honours maths. I was asked by the teacher at the time whether I wanted to go to pass maths. I spent that night considering this and decided not to. At this point, I did not know what I wanted to become. It was crucial because I would not be where I am today if I made a wrong decision then. I put in a lot of work and honoured the honours paper. Hard work and discipline get you a long way in this profession.


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