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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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Career Sectors

A Career Sector is an area characterised by a collection of occupations that have something in common, for example, the type of work they do or their role in the economy. Very often people are attracted to the products or services provided by a particular sector, and seek to find employment close to the essence of that area.

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.

We provide information on over 30 sectors operating throughout Ireland, divided into 6 broad categories. You can explore extensive information on each of these sectors from here

Sector Experts

Where possible we bring you the most up-to-date information directly from the organisations that oversee the different sectors. These organisations provide detailed information from which career seekers can make their most informed choices. You can view the Sector Experts area here.


 

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