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 Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Distance and Blended Learning


The options for learning in non-classroom settings, has increased dramatically over the past few years. Distance, online, flexible and blended education allows a learner to study at a time and place that suits their own lifestyle.

These courses can cover all Ed Zones, and so arn't classified like the other courses.

Before engaging in any form of distance, online, flexible or blended learning; check the course cost and qualification.

Distance education is learning where you do not have to attend a physical location at fixed times throughout the academic year. Open learning, on-line learning and distance learning all qualify as types of distance education. The main advantage of this type of learning is that it can be combined with home life and work commitments.

On-line learning is where the whole programme is delivered over the Internet, notes are posted on the web, assignments are e-mailed between students and tutors, students set up chat rooms between each other etc.

Flexible learning provides learners with opportunities for more choice, convenience, and personalisation to suit the learner. It also recognises that different students have different learning preferences and requirements. Flexible learning courses might include using different modes of delivery for course materials, including web-based, CDs, DVDs and so on.

Blended learning refers to a mix of different learning environments. This approach to teaching and learning combines traditional face to face classroom methods with more modern computer-mediated activities. This strategy creates a more integrated approach for both instructors and learners.

Why choose distance education?

  • Personal commitments mean you don’t have time to attend classes or lectures
  • The course you are interested in is only offered at a time when you are at work
  • You live too far or don’t have transport to get to classes or lectures
  • No organisation locally offers the course you want to study

As a learner you need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages to this type of learning. e.g. you can study at your own pace, and you can combine study with domestic and work commitments, on the other hand you need to be very disciplined and allocate appropriate time for your studies and there is very little social contact.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements vary depending on the institution concerned. Many web-based e-learning institutions base their entry requirements solely on interest, while others base entry on standard criteria. Check with the relevant institution for entry requirements.

Find Distance Learning courses on QualifaxTo find a distance course visit www.qualifax.ie
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My first job was as a Consultant Occupational Psychologist, and as part of that job I did a number of courses that were required to do my job, including courses on Occupational Testing, the use of Personality Questionnaires, Job Analysis, Consultancy Skills and many others. As previously mentioned, to meet the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements set out for psychologists, I have to continuously update my skills. For example, I recently completed a course on Facilitation Skills delivered in house. The Public Appointments Service is very supportive of our training so I hope to keep upskilling while I work here.
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