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 Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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CW117
Biosciences

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3 Years
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240

2013 Points

240

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2013 - 240
2012 - 280
2011 - 270
2010 - 275
2009 - 215
2008 - 260
2007 - 220

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Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes) to produce useful products.

It includes traditional processes like brewing, cheesemaking and modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

This course provides training in the study of production, process monitoring, and quality and control of biology, which includes the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, environmental, and biotechnological sectors.


 
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CW117 - Biosciences
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Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Technical, Supervisory or Management areas of the Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Environmental or Biotechnological industries.



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