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 Shane Callanan from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Shane Callanan

Electronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).
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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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Accountancy & Taxation 

   Working mainly in business, recording details of financial transactions and providing advice on financial and tax matters.

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations 

   Creating advertising, managing marketing campaigns, and ensuring that a company is always seen in the best possible light.

Banking, Insurance & Financial Services 

   Providing services to the public and business through banking, insurance, fund management and other forms of financial services.

Business Organisation & Business Management 

   Involved in the running of a business, helping it grow and develop, operate efficiently, meet business objectives and manage its workforce.

Clerical & Administration 

   Working in an office and being involved in the day to day running of a business.

Sales, Retail & Purchasing 

   All forms of work directly involved in the delivery of products and services to the marketplace.

Transport & Logistics 

   Transporting goods and people, the infrastructure (roads, rail etc.) that make this possible, and the services that are required to maintain operations every minute of every day.

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Chester Reid works as a Chartered Accountant. He holds a B.Comm degree from NUI Galway.  After a period in the workplace he decided to pursue a Chartered Accountancy training contract with BDO Simpson Xavier from where he passed his ACA exams. He is currently studying for the AITI qualification.

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