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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DN250 ACP
Agricultural Science - (Animal and Crop Production)

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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The Agricultural Science programme is for students who are passionate about land, animals and plants and the food produced from it. If you are unsure which area of Agricultural Science to specialise in you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on application and specialise in second year in one of five areas.

DN250 ACP
 Animal and Crop Production
DN250ASC  Animal Science
DN250 EQS Animal Science - Equine
DN250 AST Agricultural Systems Technology
DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness

The first year offers students a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics. Students do not need to have studied science before. Subjects studied include Animal Biology and Evolution, Cell and Plant Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course includes lectures, laboratory work and tutorials along with independent study.

DN250 ACP gives a broad knowledge of the science and business of both animal and crop production, and introuduces students to agribusiness, economics and sustainablility.






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PWE - Professional Work Experience is an integral part of the programme, takes place in third year and can also be taken abroad.

Graduates find employment in a wide variety of areas including: Agribusiness, Animal and Crop Industires, Consultancy, Semi-state or government agencies, Financial Services, Print, radio and television media.

This is also a suitable degree for those who intend to pursue farming either full or part-time.



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