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 Louise Lynch from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Lynch

Structural Engineer

ESB

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  Louise Lynch
If you always want to know how things work and are fascinated by structures like grandstands or bridges then a career in civil and structural engineering may suit you. If in school you enjoy subjects like maths and physics, and since these would be the foundations to the engineering college course, you will probably enjoy the course. If you like the idea of working for a company where you could get to travel, then international companies such as ESB International would suit you well. Engineering is a good and challenging career so you have to want to be challenged in your work, to solve problems and to come up with ways to improve designs.
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The World of Work

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Employer Profiles

Employers are the people and organisations that work to achieve particular goals and objectives, and require the services of workers to achieve them. Usually the goals are shaped by commercial, political or philanthropic concerns. Employer can take the form of small businesses, medium size companies, or huge corporations with divisions that cut across many career sectors.

No two employers are the same, and our job and career satisfaction can be very tied to how well we fit in with an employer. Choosing an employer that operates in a way that you are comfortable with, and with co-workers that you enjoy, are often just as important as doing the job you are qualified to work at.

In this section we provide the opportunity for some of Irelands leading employers to give details of their organisation and some of their employment characteristics. Alongside these profiles are interviews of some of their employees. Regardless of the job roles you might be interested in, if you are interested in working with one of these companies you are likely to find important information in the interviews and videos provided.

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Corporate Culture

Corporate Culture refers to the values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organisation. Corporate culture includes an organisation's expectations, experiences, philosophy, and values that hold it together, and is expressed in its self-image, inner workings, interactions with the outside world, and future expectations.

It is based on shared attitudes, beliefs, customs, and the written and unwritten rules that have been developed over time and are considered valid. It is shown in

(1) the ways the organisation conducts its business, treats its employees, customers, and the wider community

(2) the extent to which freedom is allowed in decision making, developing new ideas, and personal expression

(3) how power and information flow through its hierarchy, and

(4) how committed employees are towards collective objectives

Corporate Culture affects the organisation's productivity and performance, and provides guidelines on customer care and service, product quality and safety, attendance and punctuality, and concern for the environment. It also extends to production-methods, marketing and advertising practices, and to new product creation. Before considering a job with a company, it is always wise to find out as much as you can on the organisations culture to see if it is one you believe you can work well with.

Getting information on a companies corporate culture is difficult. Some of the main elements (pay and renumeration, career development opportunities, types of contract offered, equality policies etc.) can be found with a little research, while other elements are best revealed by talking to existing employees, or at the job interview.

In today's world of work, many employers are committed to making their workplaces and businesses inclusive environments, where everybody is treated with dignity and respect and policies are in place regarding issues such as equality, human rights, dignity at work, and fair recruitment. The GLEN Diversity Champions Graduate Recruitment Directory is a listing of inclusive employers for graduates, students and job-seekers who want to choose LGBT inclusive workplaces.


 

Ask The Boss What His Or Her Expectations Are

  

Find out what your boss wants, needs, and expects. Knowing that will not only create better relationship, but will also allow you to "win" in the job.