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 Marie O'Donovan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Marie O'Donovan

Environmental Officer

CRH plc

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  Marie O'Donovan

You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.

You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.

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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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The following list of courses are mostly full-time undergraduate courses comparable to those in the CAO system.
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 Click for more information   D-325 Access to Higher Education - School-leavers NUI Galway
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 Click for more information   D-241 Access to University University of Limerick
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 Click for more information   D-180 Accountancy - ACCA Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-122 Accountant - Chartered Certified - ACCA Cork City College
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 Click for more information   D-201 Acting The Lir Academy
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 Click for more information   D-151 Acting - Professional Actor Training Course - Intensive Gaiety School of Acting
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 Click for more information   D-349 Applied Health Science (Physical Therapy Qualification) The Institute of Physical Therapy
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 Click for more information   D-353 Audio & Music Technology Pulse College
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 Click for more information   D-157 BA In Applied Policing Garda College
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 Click for more information   D-351 Bachelor of Arts (Single Module) DCU
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 Click for more information   D-352 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre American College
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 Click for more information   D-348 Bachelor of Science - Common Entry (Cavan Institute) Cavan Institute
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 Click for more information   D-347 Bachelor of Science in Computing (Cavan Institute) Cavan Institute
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 Click for more information   D-103 Business - International American College
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 Click for more information   D-136 Business in Retail Management Dublin Business School
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 Click for more information   D-223 Business Management Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-138 Business Management Dublin Business School
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 Click for more information   D-188 Cadet Training - Engineering Branch Cadet National Maritime College of Ire
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 Click for more information   D-217 Christian Communication St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-305 Civil & Environmental Engineering Limerick IT
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 Click for more information   D-341 Community Studies (Special Purpose Award) Respond! College
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 Click for more information   D-279 Composition Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-315 Computing Limerick IT
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 Click for more information   D-179 Computing in Information Technology Support Letterkenny IT
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 Click for more information   D-327 Computing in Information Technology Support Tralee IT
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 Click for more information   D-326 Cookery - Professional Cookery - National Traineeship Tralee IT
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 Click for more information   BN119 Digital Marketing IT Blanchardstown
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 Click for more information   D-342 Disability Equality Studies St. Angelas College Sligo
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 Click for more information   D-259 Foundation Course for Higher Education - Young Adults TCD
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 Click for more information   D-145 Interior Design Dublin Institute of Design
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 Click for more information   D-284 Management of IT & IS - Online Flexible Learning DCU
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 Click for more information   D-294 Marketing Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-266 Media Techniques - TV & Video Griffith College. Dublin
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 Click for more information   D-268 Montessori - Advanced Elementary 6 - 12 years Montessori College Dublin
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 Click for more information   D-196 Music - Access Course Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-197 Music - Teaching & Performance Royal Irish Academy of Music
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 Click for more information   D-189 Nautical Studies National Maritime College of Ire
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 Click for more information   DT8155 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics (Part-Time) DIT
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 Click for more information   D-210 Religious Studies St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-119 Social Studies - Applied in Social Care Cavan Institute
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 Click for more information   D-208 Sound & Music Technology Griffith College. Dublin
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 Click for more information   D-275 Sports Management UCD (NUI)
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 Click for more information   D-320 Sports Science & Physical Education Portobello Institute
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 Click for more information   D-276 Stage Management & Technical Theatre The Lir Academy
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 Click for more information   D-299 Strength & Conditioning Setanta College
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 Click for more information   D-307 Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy Limerick IT
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 Click for more information   D-278 Theology St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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 Click for more information   D-296 Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   D-206 Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management Limerick City College
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 Click for more information   DT589 Visual Art - Sherkin Island DIT