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.


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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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute 
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    Whether you want to move directly into employment or progress to third level, Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute welcomes you to the next phase in your career development. We provide excellent training in many aspects of media and sound, health and sport, design, sustainable energy, computing and technology, and arts and humanities. If you are attracted to any of these disciplines, we welcome the opportunity to teach, instruct and inform you. The skills you learn with us will start you on the road to a successful career.

    Our courses are constantly kept up to date to remain industry relevant; a bonus in these economically challenging times. Successful completion will give you a well recognised FETAC qualification for direct entry to employment or for entry to third level colleges in Ireland and the UK through the Higher Links scheme. DFEi welcomes your active participation in college life while you pursue your chosen course of study. Remember, the more you put in the more you benefit, and that will look very good on your CV. You will be part of a diverse and energetic student community. You will make new friends, learn new skills, face new challenges and grow in confidence. We look forward to meeting you, working with you and giving you a head start into a brave new world. We enjoy our work in DFEi, we hope you will too.

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