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We asked Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Claire Hanrahan


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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.


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Hospitality Management

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

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Our courses combine practical elements of hospitality management with key management skills, knowledge and competencies, in a multi-cultural classroom environment, providing graduates with the best possible foundation for a future career. Modern Demonstration and Production Kitchens, IT and Front Office Laboratories, a Demonstration Theatre, Training Restaurants and Bar and well equipped classrooms are all features of the Tourism and Hospitality Building at CIT. Formal lectures, tutorials, individual and team project work, guest speakers, industry visits and field trips are all an integral part of the course. A range of elective subjects are available so that students can pursue particular topics which interest them.

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CR042 - Hospitality Management
Cork Institute of Technology

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CR042 - Hospitality Management
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C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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Graduates will specialise in areas of the hospitality business such as Food & Beverage Management, Conference & Banqueting Management or Rooms Division Management. Opportunities may also be available in Sales & Marketing, Human Resource Management, Training & Development, Event Management or Financial Control. Graduates will aspire to senior General Management positions or become involved in entrepreneurial activities and may start their own business. Typical positions include: • Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Licenced Premises Management • Reservations and Revenue Management bull; Conference and Event Management • Human Resources and Training bull; Hospitality Entrepreneur bull; Marketing and Sales

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