“Career chats with Charlie” is a series of career related programmes broadcast on UCC 98.3 FM which is produced by Charlie Dolan. Charlie has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in a range of roles for over 40 years and qualified in 2013, from NUI Maynooth in Adult Career Guidance and Counselling. Charlie is also a Past President of the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA)

The programme series is intended to inform parents and students of the career opportunities that exist should they choose to study a number of different engineering and Science courses at 3rd level. More importantly is intended to be a resource to Guidance Counsellors and schools as the programmes are available as podcasts and are freely available from the UCC website.

This evening at 5.00pm on UCC 98.3FM the fourth programme, focusing on Electronic Engineering  will be broadcast.  In this programme Charlie talks with Lecturers (University of Limerick and CIT), Recent Graduates (University of Limerick and CIT),  and an Electronic Engineering graduate (of NUIG) who has worked successfully as an Electronic Engineer and then moved into management and special project management using the transferrable skills obtained, as a starting base.

In every day life we are surrounded by smart technology, ranging from our smart phones and their apps through to various sensors and pieces of electronic equipment that enhance our daily lives. All of these pieces of electronic equipment have to be designed, produced and the then the data which they produced has to be stored and managed so it can be used in a meaningful way. The qualifications in this area each help the student develop specific skills as well as transferrable skills to allow them diversify during their careers.

As with all programmes in this series, the programme finishes with a specific focus on the student listeners featuring a discussion with a career guidance counsellor focusing on what students need to consider if they are interested in pursuing a career in this area.

As with the earlier programmes on Chemical and Civil Engineering, this programme is available for download to be used as a resource in schools if teachers choose to do so.