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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.


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Business and Accounting

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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).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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In this degree programme students study a range of business and accounting topics with a strong emphasis on accounting.

Students in each year choose some business and management modules, providing them with an understanding of the foundations and functional aspects of business (e.g. management, marketing, management information systems) and in the third year students can choose modules on law, in addition to optional modules in accounting and finance.

Students have the option of extending this degree to four years by taking a paid work placement in the third year and completing the taught course in the fourth year.

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MH407 - Business and Accounting
Maynooth University

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MH407 - Business and Accounting
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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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BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
BALBX  6M4985  Business
BMANX  6M4587  Management
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BAXXX  6M5013  Administration
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service

Essential Module Requirements:
CHMSX / 5M3371
Five Distinctions which must include:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 (or OC3/HD3 in LCE Maths)

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B20005 or 5N1610
B20034 or 4N2279
B20137 or 5N1354
B20138 or 5N1546

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Five Distinctions which must include:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 (or OC3/HD3 in LCE Maths)

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Option of an Erasmus study year abroad or a paid internship in year three.

Graduates find careers in professional accountancy in both the public and private sector and in industry, working as accountants, finance directors, management consultants, liquidators, stockbrokers and tax consultants.

Successful graduates can avail of exemptions from CAP 1 examinations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and equivalent examination papers from the ACCA, CIMA and CPA professional accounting bodies.

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