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.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Experience College Life at MIC with 2 Taster Days

MIC Campus, Limerick Taster Sessions

  • Date/Time: 11am-1pm Friday, 22nd April 2016
  • Location: Tara Building, MIC Campus, Limerick

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MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles Taster Day

  • Date/Time: 10.30am Saturday 23rd of April 2016
  • Location: MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles

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These events will provide you with a great opportunity to attend taster lectures, tour the campus and experience college life at MIC.

Thus giving you greater insight when making your final decision on what programmes to include on your CAO Application form.

NB* Attendance for both events is by registration only. In registering for the MIC Campus, Limerick Taster Sessions please remember to state which programme session you wish to attend. For those interested in the Liberal Arts Programmes please specify which subjects you would be interested in hearing more about.

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