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 Peter LaComber from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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  Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)
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Career Interviews

What better way is there to help plan your career path than to hear the stories of others who have already made choices about theirs?

We interview a wide range of people at various stages along their career path, and ask them about the choices they made - about their education, their current job, what they actually do from day to day, and so on. Read their stories to find out how they got to where they are today, and hear their advice to people considering a similar career.

 

The Interviews...
    Job Title Brief description Typical entry Qualifications Labour Market Comments
 
  Click for more information Accountant

Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.

Leaving Certificate plus professional award
  Click for more information Accounting Technician

Prepares and provides financial records and information for both accountants and financial managers.

Level 6 Cert + Professional qualification Multilingual
  Click for more information Advertising / PR manager
Creates an advertising campaign for a client. Work involves marketing and packaging of products, market research, exhibitions and public relations services. Leaving Certificate plus professional award
  Click for more information Air Corps Cadet - Pilot

Enlists in the Air Corps to train as a pilot flying both conventional and combat aircraft.

Leaving Certificate. Many successful applicants are degree holders.
  Click for more information Anaesthetist

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.

Degree in Medicine
  Click for more information Architect

Designs, plans and directs the construction of buildings of all kinds and sizes, and changes to existing buildings.

Degree + Professional award
  Click for more information Area Sales Manager

In charge of a team of sales managers in a particular district or region.

Degree plus experience as a Sales Manager
  Click for more information Army Recruit
Enlists in the Irish Army to train as a soldier. No formal education requirements.
  Click for more information Auditor

An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Building / Construction Project Manager

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.

Junior/Leaving Certificate + Cert or Diploma in Construction or related studies.
  Click for more information Business Analyst

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

A Business Degree or greater with a great deal of expreience in the world of business.
  Click for more information Care Worker

Assists adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility.

No formal qualifications. Evidence of relevant experience required. Retention issues
  Click for more information Chef

Works in a kitchen preparing food, organising supplies and supervising staff.

Leaving Certificate + Further Cooking Training Retention issues
  Click for more information Chemist

Researches and analyses the content and structure of chemical substances.

Science Degree in chemistry. applied or analytical chemistry. biochemistry or a related.
  Click for more information Civil Service - Clerical Officer

Assists Senior Officers with clerical work in a government department.

Junior / Leaving Certificate and relevant skills training.
  Click for more information Civil Service - Higher Executive Officer
Mid-management role, reporting to and assisting the Assistant Principal. Manages projects and budgets and help to develop government policy. Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree plus relevant experience
  Click for more information Civil Service - Third Secretary

This role involves advising the government on Ireland's external relations and being the official communication channel for foreign governments and international organisations.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree or greater
  Click for more information Compliance Manager

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of an organisation to ensure compliance with ethical or legal standards.

Level 7 Degree or greater in relevant discipline
  Click for more information Computer Systems Analyst

Analyses the needs of the end users of computers and writes specifications for programmers and technicians.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Corporate Sales Manager

Responsible for the management of sales to corporate clients.

Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree or greater
  Click for more information Customer Service Representative

Responsible for dealing with customer queries and complaints, and ensuring fare trading between a customer and a company.

Leaving Certificate + Further Training
  Click for more information Electrician

Installs, services, maintains and repairs electrical wiring and connects to power in all type of buildings from domestic to industrial.

Junior/Leaving Certificate + FÁS Apprenticeship
  Click for more information Engineer - Electronic

Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree Niche areas
  Click for more information Engineer - Manufacturing

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Engineer - Mechanical

Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Engineer - Production & Process

Develop economical industrial processes that make the huge range of products on which modern society depends, e.g: food and drink; fuel; artificial fibres; pharmaceuticals; chemicals; electronics, plastics; and clean water.

Third Level degree in Chemistry or Engineering
  Click for more information Engineer - Software

Develops, creates, and modifies general computer applications software or specialised utility programs.

Level 7 or 8 Degree
  Click for more information Entertainment / Sports Manager
Plans, organises, promotes, provide and develops leisure and recreational facilities, such as swimming pools and music venues. Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Environmental Officer

Monitors the environmental impact of the products and processes of an organisation. May also be directly involved in running an environmental management system.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in related area. e.g. civil/environmental engineering.
  Click for more information Farmer - Dairy

Owns or works on a dairy farm carrying out the day to day duties involved in managing a dairy herd.

No formal entry requirements.
  Click for more information Farmer - Dry Stock

Works on a farm helping the farmer or farm manager with his/her running of the farm.

No formal education requirements
  Click for more information Financial Adviser

Advises people on how to get the most from their financial earnings and savings.

Degree
  Click for more information Fish Filleter

Works in a shop or factory preparing fresh fish for sale.

No formal entry requirements.
  Click for more information Fisherman/woman

Works on a trawler at sea, catching and landing all kinds of fish and shellfish.

Leaving Certificate + Further Training
  Click for more information Fishmonger

Buys fish wholesale and hand-prepares it for sale to customers.

No formal entry requirements. Retention issues
  Click for more information Franchisee
Runs a business based on the products or services of another larger business. No formal entry requirements. however several years business experience would be normal.
  Click for more information Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary

Guides and advises young people as they make their career choices.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree + Postgrad award
  Click for more information Horse Event Rider
Trains, prepares, and rides horses for professional competitions. No formal entry requirements.
  Click for more information Horticultural Manager
Supervises and manages the running of a garden centre or orchard. Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Hotel - General Manager

Responsibility for the functioning of the hotel, co-ordinating the team efforts of staff, securing additional business and controlling costs.

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Hotel Sales & Marketing Manager

Promotes and sells a hotels' products, services and facilities to potential clients including individuals, groups and corporate clients.

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Human Resources / Personnel Manager

Responsible for recruitment of staff, internal staff development, employee training and development.

Degree (Various disciplines)
  Click for more information Industrial Relations Officer

Works on maintaining a good relationship between employers and their staff in the workplace.

Degree (Various disciplines)
  Click for more information Jockey

Exercises race horses and rides them in competitive races for the race horse owner.

No formal education requirements
  Click for more information Landscape Architect / Designer

Works as part of a team of architects, surveyors, town planners, engineers and landscape contractors to design the landscape around us, such as parks, stadiums and public squares.

Degree (Various disciplines)
  Click for more information Lecturer - Third Level

Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or post graduate students on specialist subjects.

Honours degree and post graduate qualifications including research and/or work experience.
  Click for more information Leisure Centre Manager
Supervises and manages the running of all kinds of recreation facilities. Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Librarian / Archivist / Curator

Supervises and manages the running and organisation of a library, museum or collections of documents or other media.

Degree + Postgrad
  Click for more information Library/Information Assistant

Work within libraries under the supervision of the Librarian.

Leaving Certificate + on-the-job training
  Click for more information Logistics / Supply Chain Manager

Organises and plans the movement of products and materials from suppliers to customers.

Level 7 Degree in business related area Multilingual
  Click for more information Marketing / Communications Manager

Responsible for running marketing campaigns as well as developing new advertising for a company.

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Naval Service Cadet - Deck

Enlists in the Defence Forces Naval Service to train as an Executive Officer.

Leaving Certificate
  Click for more information Nurse - Intellectual Disability

Tends to the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities, working in either residential or community services.

<p>Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree</p>
  Click for more information Nurse - Midwife

Cares for pregnant women during both the pregnancy and the birth.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Occupational Therapist

Assesses patients physical and mental rehabilitation needs and plans programmes to help them.

Level 8 Honours Degree (B.Sc in Occupational Therapy)
  Click for more information Outdoor Activities Instructor
Works with people on outdoor activity sessions and trips, or teachs them skills in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, orienteering, abseiling and canoeing or hill walking. Level 6 Cert + specialist training
  Click for more information Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician

Administers first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in pre-hospital settings.

Leaving Certificate plus relevant paramedical qualifications.
  Click for more information Pensions Administrator

Looks after the sales and customer relations issues that arise in the delivery of pensions products to individuals and organisations.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Pharmacist

Works in the safe dispensing and use of medicines, including providing advice, information and counselling, mostly in a community or hospital setting.

Level 9 Degree<br><br>
  Click for more information Physicist

Conducts research into physical phenomena, develops theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and devises methods to apply laws and theories to industry and other fields.

Level 9 Award in related subject area
  Click for more information Potter / Ceramicist

Designs and makes utensils and ornaments from clay and water.

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Prison Officer

Provides and maintains a safe, secure and humane environment for the confinement of all persons committed to prison in accordance with the law.

Leaving Certificate.
  Click for more information Property Manager
Plans, directs, or coordinates the selling, buying, leasing, or management activities of commercial, industrial, or residential properties. Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree or greater
  Click for more information Psychologist

Studies the way people think and act and uses their understanding to help people with difficulties to change their lives for the better.

Level 9 Award in related subject area
  Click for more information Purchasing Manager - Retail
Plans, directs, or coordinates the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Leaving Certificate or greater
  Click for more information QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager

Works to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice requirements are met and that international standards are adhered to.

Degree plus on-the-job training.
  Click for more information Recruitment Team Leader
Manages a team of recruitment staff in a large organisation. Is also involved in planning and organising recruitment campaigns. Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Restaurant/Catering Manager

Supervises and manages the running of a restaurant or a catering service.

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Retail Merchandiser

Responsible for ensuring that products appear in the right store at the right time and in the right quantities. This involves working closely with the buying teams to accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and monitor performance.

Level 7 or 8 Degree in Business or related
  Click for more information School Principal
School principals plan, organise, direct, control and evaluate the activities of teachers and other staff of their school. Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Science Communicator

A specialist teaching role combining science expertise with communication skills, aimed at encouraging students to explore science and scientific principals.

Science Degree
  Click for more information Skipper

Responsible for all aspects of a running and maintaining a fishing vessel, including its crew. Decides where and when to fish, and how the fish are sold.

Leaving Certificate + Further Training
  Click for more information Social Worker

Helps and advises people who have social problems resulting from illness or disability.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Spa Manager

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of a Spa / Health facility. Coordinates programs, schedules and directs staff, and oversees financial activities.

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Speech & Language Therapist
Treats and works with people who have speech impediments or language learning difficulties. Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Teacher - Learning Support / Resource

Employs special education strategies and techniques during instruction to improve student learning.

Leaving Certificate + degree + appropriate qualification
  Click for more information Teacher - Physical Education

Works with the development of students through physical exercise and health education.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Teacher - Post Primary

Prepares lessons and teaches teenagers in a secondary school or college classroom.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Teacher - Primary School

Prepares lessons and teaches young children in the first years of school from approximately age 5 to age 12.

Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
  Click for more information Textile Designer

Create designs for printed, woven and knitted fabrics, carpets and wall-coverings

Level 6 Cert or greater
  Click for more information Town & Country Planner

Help to shape the way towns and cities develop by balancing the competing demands placed on land by housing, business, transport and leisure, and making sure plans meet the economic and social needs of the community.

Degree
  Click for more information Waiter / Waitress

Works in a hotel, coffee shop, restaurant or any other place that serves food and drink. They prepare tables, take orders, serve food and drink, and clear tables.

No formal education requirements.
  Click for more information Warehouse Manager

Responsible for the management and day-to-day running of a warehouse.

Junior/Leaving Certificate + relevant experience
  Click for more information Woodturner / Woodmachinist

Uses special machines to cut and shape pieces of wood for use in the making of furniture, doors and windows, wooden objects and specialist craft pieces.

Junior/Leaving Certificate + FAS Apprenticeship