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Chloe Kinsella, Engineer - Carbon
Chloe Kinsella is a Carbon Specialist with ESBI. She studied Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded a Gold Medal for coming first in her year. She joined ESB International on their Graduate Training Programme and started work in the Carbon Solutions Team.
My subjects in school were the compulsory English, Irish, maths and then I chose French, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. All of my subjects were at higher level.
Maths, physics, applied maths and chemistry were definitely beneficial for an engineering degree.
However in hindsight I wish I had taken one business related subject like economics or accountancy.
While my degree was engineering, in the work place I am exposed to a lot of business and I regularly work with financial models.
After school I studied engineering in Trinity College. I then specialized in mechanical and manufacturing engineering in third and fourth year.
Currently I am doing a part time research masters in Trinity entitled, "Off grid energy solutions for the developing world".
I was particularly strong at maths and I found this helped me a lot in engineering.
However the Trinity engineering course was well rounded because in addition to engineering we had an accounting module, management module, communication module and entrepreneur module.
In my current role in Carbon Solutions I do not do many calculations, except country emission factor calculations or baseline and project emission calculations. However the accounting module has come in useful as I work with financial models.
The communication module also helped me with report writing.
An engineering degree also gives you a great ability to take apart a problem and manage it in small logical steps. This is definitely useful in all aspects of work.
The most important thing I learned from the degree was the ability to work in a team. It is very important in any job to be able to work in a team and to get on with others.
I am currently doing a part time research engineering masters in Trinity College Dublin.
Within ESBI there is an internal training and development programme.
Each year you can opt to undertake further training in a number of specific areas, for example presentation skills or AutoCAD training.