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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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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DN500
Arts - German

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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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German is the most widely spoken first language in Europe. Studying German offers an array of cultural and business opportunities.

The course aims to give you a high degree of proficiency in the language and also exposes you to the rich arts, culture and history of the German-speaking countries.

In First Year, two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners, and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners' level a minimum grade of H4 in Leaving Certificate German, or equivalent is strongly recommended.

Students may opt for a three year degree programme or choose to spend an additional year abroad and qualify with a BA (International). If students wish to study more than one language as part of this Joint Honours degree and also spend a year abroad they should consider DN541 - International Languages. 

The BA degree in UCD (DN500) may be taken as a Joint Honours or a Single Honours Degree. Joint Honours' students take two subjects to degree level (and indicate their two chosen subjects on their CAO form). Single Honours' students take one subject to degree level. In First Year of both programmes students also study an additional subject which they can drop at the end of the academic year. German is taken as part of a Joint Honours Degree.

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ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
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EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism

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ECHSX/5M2154/ELESX/5M2073
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20001 or 5N0690

and 3 of the following 12 modules:
E20115 or 5N0762
E30106 or 6N2399
E30107 or 6N2401
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5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20001 or 5N0690

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E20008 or 5N1298
E20076 or 5N2443
B20004 or 5N1351
E20078 or 5N2435
G20022 or 5N1837
5N1405 or N23004 or L20043 or L21757
G20031 or 5N1370
E20106 or 5N1623
E20107 or 5N1624
E20109 or 5N1626
E20171 or 5N1627
E20111 or 5N1628
E20178 or 5N1629
E20108 or 5N1630
E20110 or 5N1631
E20164 or 5N1632

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Graduates of German have found careers in different areas including: Advertising/Business/Finance; Civil and Diplomatic Service; International relations; Journalism; Politics; Teaching; Translation; Academia and research; Careers in the EU.



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