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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The programme combines computer studies, particularly software development with business subjects. The computing part of the programme comprises 70% of the content and is studied from a business perspective rather than a purely technical perspective. The objective is to develop a skilled IT professional with strong software and related skills and a good knowledge of how businesses function.

Graduates of this programme will have a combination of technical, business and interpersonal skills that are generally understood as being important to industry, and are in constant demand by employers. The technical skills include a high level of proficiency in Object-Oriented Software Development through Java and Ruby. Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Project Management and Work Placement all develop the individual’s personal effectiveness in the workplace while Business and Information Systems topics provide a framework for workplace effectiveness.

Students can avail of a 6 month placement in the 3rd year of the course. The student will have an opportunity to acquire relevant, real world experience in a business setting. Placement partners include leading companies in all the key business sectors. This placement is usually paid.


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