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 John Traynor from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

John Traynor

Development Analyst

CRH plc

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  John Traynor
This is a job that you must be really interested in to succeed in. At times the hours can be very long and the work can be very challenging. You must be prepared to put up with the hard work in order to get the real experience and career progress that the job can offer you. If you are not really interested in this work you will be letting yourself and your colleagues down.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Springboard Initiative




The Springboard initiative for higher education offers free, part-time courses at certificate, degree and masters level, leading to qualifications that are in demand among employers. The majority of courses are one-year or less in duration.

In a rapidly shifting economic environment, Springboard courses have provided over 23,000 people with a new skill-set, specifically tailored to the needs of today’s market. All of the courses aim to re-skill people in areas where job opportunities in skilled employment are growing – information and communications technology (ICT); high level manufacturing; medical devices; bio pharma; financial services; skills to trade internationally; entrepreneurship and business start-up, niche skills in the construction industry.

Springboard+ 2016 offers a choice of over 280 free, part-time and intensive conversion courses in higher education from certificate, to degree, to post-graduate level at certifictate, degree, and post graduate level. Most are part-time, but there are also some full-time courses, including ICT Conversion courses. There are 2,000 free places available throughout the country.

To view videos of people talking about their experience of Springboard courses: click here

Springboard is open to jobseekers who have a previous history of employment and believe that a focused, high-quality qualification is the key to getting back to work.

To find out more about Springboard+ or to apply for one of its courses visit www.springboardcourses.ie or try our email: springboard@hea.ie

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on www.springboardcourses.ie for more information.

To check if you are eligible for Springboard click here

All courses are part-time, allowing you keep your social protection supports and making it easier for those with families and responsibilities. There is usually no additonal payments available for Springboard.

A total of 34 institutions in both the public and private sector offer programmes ranging from Certificates in Digital Marketing and in Supply Chain Management to Masters in Energy Management.

If you are interested you can apply online through Springboardcourses.ie which is the central clearing system for all part-time (including non-Springboard) courses.

To view current Springboard courses click here

Advice and guidance on Springboard, including ICT Skills Conversion courses is available from the Springboard freephone helpline on 1800 303 523. The line is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 9.30am-4.30pm

  Hint: Intel

Since joining the company I have completed many in-house training courses as we have an Intel College of Engineering with a vast array of courses on offer.

I am currently completing a Visual Basic programming course. I do plan on pursuing an accredited business management course later this year. Intel actively encourages further education & has close links with neighbouring NUI, Maynooth and also has an excellent online library providing access to all the major Science & Engineering books and e-journals.


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