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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer

STEPS

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Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....

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Computer and software engineering involves developing new software and hardware for computers by combining the skills of both electronic engineering and computer science. Engineers design, produce and test programmes, networks, chips, and processors.

The first two years of the programme will provide learners with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in: computing and programming languages, software, digital and analogue electronics, electrical science, and engineering mathematics. At the end of the second year, students can select a major option from five available – Electronic Engineering, Computer & Communications Engineering, Robotics Control & Software Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering, and a General option.


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