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In school apart from the three basics of English, Irish and Maths I also took German, Accounting, Physics and Chemistry. Although Physics and Chemistry were not needed to get into the engineering course it was beneficial to have them as we had to take these subjects in first year.
However, I did not do technical drawing so I had to start this from scratch in first year of college so most people have at least one subject that they have never done before.
Since finishing secondary school my main education to date has been my Mechanical Engineering Degree in UCD. However I have continued my education, in both technical and non-technical areas, throughout my professional career through both on the job training and also external training courses.
For me I found the fact that I enjoyed subjects like maths, physics and chemistry very important for my career choice as a Mechanical Engineer. It also helped that I had good teachers for these subjects and therefore did well in them in my Leaving Cert.
However the most useful thing is the technique you learn during your four year engineering degree on how to approach and analyse problems and take logical steps to solve the problems. This gives you the skills and confidence to undertake different types of challenges.
I have attended a number of both in-house and external training courses in ESBI which are certified by Engineers Ireland as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses. These will be of huge benefit to me when applying for chartership.
I now also have the opportunity through my job at ESBI to do a Diploma in Project Management in Trinity College which started in October.