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 Michael Bohane from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

Michael Bohane

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BioPharmachem Ireland

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Michael Bohane
Be prepared for responsibility and the rewards and problems that come with responsibility. It is very important to be comfortable making decisions and living with them. While it is impossible to be right all of the time the majority of decisions you make have to be correct.
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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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Is engineering for me?

Are you naturally curious about how things work? Love solving problems? Enjoy making, breaking or designing things? If you answered yes, engineering might be right for you.

Is engineering for me?

Are you naturally curious about how things work? Love solving problems? Enjoy making, breaking or designing things? If you answered yes, engineering might be right for you.

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STEPS works in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland on Smart Futures, a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. STEPS is managed by Engineers Ireland and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, and a number of major engineering employers.

The aims of the STEPS programme are:

  • Encouraging a positive attitude towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Introducing to students the relevance of science, engineering, technology and mathematics to industry and everyday life
  • Raising a positive awareness and understanding of engineering as a career choice
  • Promoting a greater understanding of the role and contribution of engineering in society
  • Highlighting the advantages, diversity, opportunities and excellent rewards offered by a career in engineering

The STEPS team develops programmes for various audiences, including primary and post-primary students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents. All STEPS post-primary activity is part of the national Smart Futures programme.

STEPS is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Funding Programme and is managed by Engineers Ireland. It is supported by a number of major engineering employers.

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme that provides second-level school students in Ireland with information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and access to role models via its volunteering programme which offers free school visits. Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with the Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme.