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What are your interests?



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 sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Growing your Skills

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Growing your Skills

The focus on activities in TY offers a great chance to develop the sort of life skills that really matter as you grow older.

Skills are learnt by doing - this means they develop over time while actively doing something. You can't learn lifeskills from a book, no more than you can learn to drive a car by just reading about it.

So, a number of TY modules usually involve activities with your classmates, where you have to work together as a group, sharing out different tasks and responsibilities, and discussing how things should be done. Through these activities you have the opportunity to develop what are known as 'soft' skills - those skills that enable people to get along together and produce good work efficiently.

These 'soft' skills are also known as career skills for the same reason - they are the skills that are needed by all people in the workplace in order for them to do their job well. We encourage you to explore what these skills are during your TY in general, and in your work experience in particular.

Fact: you can get all A's in your Leaving cert or college degree, but if you are not able to communicate well, or work comfortably in a team, you won't get the job.

Employers regard career skills as equally important to qualifications - so developing career skills is actually incredibly important for your future career.

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When I was in school I didn’t really have a definite career plan. By the time it came to my Leaving Cert, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After researching a huge variety of careers options I found that Engineering was a good fit for what I might enjoy pursuing. I took a closer look at the various courses available through the CAO, and Electronic Engineering offered a good mix of theory, lab work, and project work. They also had a 6 month work placement in third year, which I felt would be a huge advantage to me with any potential employer.

 I was lucky one sense, that the year I graduated was a great time for Electronic Engineering students. There was a huge shortage of electronic engineers, and we had companies that were coming into the college to persuade us to join their company. I had four job offers before taking my final exams, ranging from Process Engineering, Software engineering, Hardware Design Engineering and Test Engineering. In the end I chose Hardware and haven’t looked back since. I took up employment with a multi-national corporation that designed and manufactured power supplies.

After a number of years I had progressed to a team leader position and the opportunity was there for me to enter management if desired. However, I wanted to stick with an engineering role, and eventually was promoted to the position of senior design engineer. This was a fantastic experience, because at that time we were developing new technologies, and incorporating software onto our power supplies. This meant I had to learn a completely new skill set, which expanded my engineering abilities greatly.

After eight years of working for this multi-national I moved to my current position in Excelsys Technologies. I’m still in the power supply industry, but now I am working in a much smaller company, and it’s also 100% Irish owned. This has been a great move for me, and I have a much larger influence on the direction the company takes as we grow the business.

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