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.

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If you work hard and produce excellent quality work you will never be quiet.

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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.

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The subjects I took for my leaving hadn't been chosen with engineering in mind, it was only in 6th year that the idea of engineering came to me. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do but I was good at maths and in Transition Year I had gone to an accounts office and knew that it wasn't for me, so I went for the maths based courses.

 So I had many different options on my CAO but engineering was at the top of both the Degree and Diploma list. The first major decision was which college to go to. I had Preliminary Engineering in DIT on the top of my Diploma list and UCD engineering top on my Degree list, got both and went with DIT as I wanted to know more about engineering before getting into a Degree, and the small classes in DIT suited me better. From there, the next big decision I had to make was at the end of first year to decide which branch of engineering to chose, Structural was meant to be more mathematical then the rest, and as I went for engineering because of the maths I felt I should follow that reasoning on. It ended up being a good decision for me, the other subjects by final year seemed to be much more theory based, which I would have been less interested in.

When I got out of college I needed a break from the study and engineering, I worked for 8 months and then went traveling for a while. On my return I started working for ESB International and have enjoyed the last 2 years I have worked for them. I applied to them as I heard they were a good company, and people I knew that worked for them liked it.  There was opportunity for travel, and office location was good, in the heart of Dublin. The next big choices I will have to make are to do a my chartership, and perhaps a masters.

Hint: ESB

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