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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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This course explores the technology used to create interactive media. It combines conceptual and creative dimensions alongside the technological.

It will suit those with an interest in making new multimedia services and products or those intersted in telling stories in innovative ways.

Modules offered include Digital Storytelling, Sound Production, Photography, Web Design, Digital Video Production, 3D Modelling and Animation, Scriptwriting and E-Learning.

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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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ADESX  5M2208  Design
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
CITXX    Information Technology
EMPXX    Media Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
EPAMX  5M2011  Music
  5M5048  Creative Media
ADESX  5M2208  Design
EPXXX  5M2094  Photography
  5M18518  Media Production

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Individual and Group project work are an integral part of this programme and contribute to the overall grade.

Graduates enter careers as Visual Designer, Web Developer, Animator, in the areas of Web Design, Digital Media, Broadcasting (TV and Film), Animation, Advertising and Games Companies.

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