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 Aine Ni Dhubhain from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:
The road to becoming a lecturer is quite long; you need to have at least PhD as well as an undergraduate degree; you would also need to have experience of working as a researcher in research projects so it can take quite a while to reach a stage where you might be considered for a lecturer’s position. So patience is required.
What are your interests?
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.
Repairs, services and maintains industrial machinery.
20k > 35k
Find and diagnose faults in the electrical wiring and electrical/electronic parts of motor vehicles.
18k > 45k
Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
35k > 65k
Engineering Production Manager
Responsible for the day to day tasks involved in keeping an engineering production process working safely and efficiently.
38k > 80k
Engineers design, develop, improve and maintain a vast range of the technology that surrounds us, from sports trainers to roads, tunnels and bridges, and from light bulbs to space satellites.
25k > 50k
Plans, designs, implements and troubleshoots computer networks.
35k > 90k
Electronics/electrical draughtspeople produce detailed drawings and instructions, which are then used by production workers to make a wide variety of electronic and electrical products.
25k > k
Electrical Power Plant Operator
Safely and efficiently operates the equipment and machinery in a power plant.
k > k
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst
Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.
26k > 55k
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager
Works to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice requirements are met and that international standards are adhered to.