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 Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Within each sector there are a wide range of opportunities. These range from unskilled work up to the professions that characterise the sector. It takes years of hard and dedicated work to reach the highest levels within any sector, but if that is where your interest lies, the effort is worth it.

Everybody has to start somewhere, so choosing a sector, and the level you wish to enter into it are important decisions. Typically, the higher up on the educational ladder you climb, the higher the level you enter the sector. That is, of course, if your training is appropriate to the sector. A qualified lawyer would have to start off at the bottom of the ladder in the construction sector if they choose to work as a carpenter!

The important thing is that sector specific skills learnt in one sector often don't have great value in another sector - which is why people tend to stay and move about within the sector they have developed the skills for. It may also important to know whether the sector you are considering investing in is a growing one or in decline - it helps to know that there may be good job opportunities available in the future.

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