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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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Interior Architecture

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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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This course enables graduates to design interiors in terms of space, materials, detailing and atmosphere. They will be able to sketch, draught, produce advanced computer aided visualizations, including walk-throughs, using the latest software packages, apply advanced technology, and manage design projects.

This course is provided by an independent college, fees apply. Some tax relief may be available.

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From College Website...
GC489 - Interior Architecture
Griffith College. Dublin

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GC489 - Interior Architecture
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Typically, graduates work on projects in commercial design (galleries, leisure complexes, retail units, hotels) and specialist conversion projects, some involving building conservation, there are also significant opportunities as CAD specialists.

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