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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Acting & Theatre Performance

Course Code(s):  5M5163
QQI Award Code:  5M5163 Theatre Performance
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5163
QQI Award Code 5M5163 Theatre Performance
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Acting & Theatre Performance PLC course is designed to provide professional training to enable the student with strong acting techniques and performance skills to pursue a career in theatre, television and film, or continue to further education at third level.

The course has numerous unique features; specialised acting & vocal workshops from professional practitioners, guaranteed Acting roles in films & links with casting agencies., weekly theatre visits & guests, various public theatre performance opportunities in established professional venues such as Nuns Island Theatre & Druid Lane Theatre, Galway.

What will you Study?

Acting for TV and Film 5N6046
Acting Skills and Techniques 5N5055
Communications 5N0690
Performance Craft 5N4567
Stage Management and Administration 5N1550
Theatre Performance Skills 5N4568
Theatre Studies 5N4571
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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EPATP 5M5163

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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