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Natasha Ibanez , Mechanical Engineer
Natasha Ibanez has a Bachelors of Engineering from UCD, where she specialised in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently working on a project in the Ukraine with Irish Cement, building a new cement line.
We had no Physics, Chemistry and other technical subjects in the school I attended, which would have been useful for my career development. I did however have the opportunitiy to study Honours Maths in preparation for my current career.
In hindsight I would have looked for the opportunitiy to at least study Applied Maths, which would have made it easier to go through first year in college.
I am delighted I went to UCD, where it was possible to do one common year before choosing the Engineering discipline.
Having completed my Leaving Cert, I started my studies in Mechanical Engineering at UCD. It appealed to me that the course was only four years long, at the end of which I graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering. Since then I have studied a number of short work-related courses as part of my training, mostly related to management and safety.
I find there is no particular subjects or modules in college that are particularly relevant for my job. They were all relevant. It has been useful to have at least some technical understanding of most of the subjects studied in college.
I hope to undertake further studies in management and business to complement my Engineering degree.