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 Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Education, Training & Development

Under the Education, Training and Development (ET&D) option of the Back To Education Programmes, a person may continue to receive (subject to certain conditions) his/her Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development.

Note: unlike the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) Scheme, this option is not a stand alone scheme. Persons who qualify under the ET&D Option continue to be paid Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit as appropriate, and must be available for employment for the duration of the course of education, training or development.

Courses which are not recognised under BTEA and which are being pursued at an institution which is funded wholly or partly by state agencies, may be approved under this initiative, if they lead to improved employment prospects on completion.

A broad range of courses may be approved under the scheme including: Personal Development, Literacy, General Training and Specific Job Skills courses.

Eligible participants must be:

  • At least 21 years of age or
  • Aged between 18 and 20 and out of the formal education system for at least 2 years
  • In receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit for at least 6 months
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