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 Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Back to Work Enterprise Allowance: 


Thursday, April 07, 2011 




Back to Work Enterprise Allowance:

To qualify for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance you must, usually, be on the dole for at least a year.  You get your full dole payment (currently up to €188 a week) for the first year of claiming the allowance, and 75% of the dole (currently up to €141 a week ) in the second year.  You may be able to set up your own business and still get paid.

If you're studying or training full-time on a FAS or Failte Ireland course and you received the dole before starting those courses, you may also qualify for this allowance.

To apply, you must complete the BTW2 form (available from the Department of Social Protection) and send it to your local social welfare office, or your local partnership company, if you live in a partnership area.  It is important to remember you won't get this allowance if you set your business up before getting the approval of the Department of Social Protection, or your local partnership company.

Under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, you may get up to half of the cost (up to a maximum of €1,269.74) of your public liability insurance bill covered, as well as support for other start-up costs such as driving lessons, business mentoring, fax machines and computers..  The scheme also offers grants for training to keep your own accounts.  Irish Independent 06/04/11

 




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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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