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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sinead Kenny

Design Engineer

Smart Futures

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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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This course will focus on teaching key design skills and building  technical understanding. You will work through design briefs that develop your skills in 2D and 3D drawing, model-making and visualisation.  

Outside the studio you will take modules in various subjects such as engineering science, electro-technology, materials, design mechanics, manufacturing technology etc.

Through your four years of design education you will design products and services across a broad range of themes and subjects including future technologies, healthcare and well-being, consumer electronics, sustainability and social impact, and user experience.  


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