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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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TA025
Social Care Practice

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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 is designed to equip students with the necessary theory and skills to work in a professional capacity in the area of social care. The programme prepares graduates for a job which involves supporting people to achieve new things and to develop new skills and also covers modules on understanding a variety of emotional and behavioural disorders.

Students are also taught how to conduct research in the area of Social and Behavioural Science. 

This course is taught through lectures, tutorials and practicals. Students also go on a number of work placements in years 2, 3 and 4. These work placements provide students with the chance to apply the theory they have learnt in their lectures to the real-world of social care. 

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASSX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
DSACX    School Age Childcare
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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The course opens up opportunities for students to have a fulfilling and challenging career in the social care sector. Social Care professionals work with a wide variety of client groups such as people with disabilities, children and young people, members of the Traveller Community, homeless people, elderly people, asylum seekers and people with mental health difficulties. They work in a variety of settings including residential services, community settings and training and education services.

This degree is internationally recognised so it equips people to work in Ireland but also in many other countries around the world.



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