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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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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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Playing a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.

Playing a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.

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"I love working as part of a dedicated team that strives to continually improve all aspects of the organisation"
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"Its very rewarding being part of a team whose product has been recognised at home and also internationally as an innovative product that has won awards."
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"Yesterday I spent the morning working with a team on their yearly goals and I spent the afternoon getting up to speed on ESBs’ plans regarding Solar energy."
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"In any company there are always targets and deadlines to meet but to be honest I like that because if you don’t have a challenge you don’t have a future."
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The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.

Our strategic objectives are:

  • Implementing strong energy efficiency actions that radically reduce energy intensity and usage
  • Accelerating the development and adoption of technologies to exploit renewable energy source
  • Supporting evidence-based responses that engage all actors, supporting innovation and enterprise for our low-carbon future.

SEAI manages programmes aimed at:

  • supporting Government decision-making through advocacy, analysis and evidence
  • driving demand reduction and providing advice to all users of energy
  • driving the decarbonisation of energy supply
  • raising standards in sustainable energy products and services
  • building markets based on quality, confidence and proven performance
  • fostering innovation and entrepreneurship
  • improving the coherence of Irish energy research and development

SEAI financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

See SEAI Statement of Strategy 2017-2021