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


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.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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CPA Ireland Annual Conferring Ceremony

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CPA Ireland Annual Conferring Ceremony

Thursday, December 01, 2016 

CPA Ireland Annual Conferring Ceremony

CPA Ireland celebrated its annual Conferring Ceremony in Croke Park as part of the 90th Anniversary Celebrations of the Institute. 

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA Ireland) celebrated the achievements and recognised the hard work of their newest members in becoming qualified accountants at its annual conferring ceremony for the class of 2016, which took place in Croke Park.

76 new members were conferred as CPA Ireland members and 14 prize winners were also awarded for achieving the highest marks in the different CPA Ireland exams. The Qualifications were presented to the graduates by CPA Ireland President, Nano Brennan.

For a second year running, 100% of new members are in full employment

This demonstrates the continued reliability of the CPA Ireland qualification, which opens doors to strong career prospects both nationally and internationally.  

CPA has a range of qualifications to suit everyone, from school leavers and graduates to mature students and professionals. To find out more about CPA Ireland range of flexible and affordable courses, such as Certificate in Business and Accounting and Professional qualification in accountancy, as well as the different study options, part-time and e-learning, please visit, email, or call us on 01 4251000.