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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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19 New Jobs with Effective Software

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19 New Jobs with Effective Software

Monday, August 10, 2015 

19 New Jobs with Effective Software

Effective Software, an Irish technology start-up in the health and safety sector, plans to increase its staff count from 16 to 35 in the next two years having raised €1m in funding. Recruitment is already under way for eight positions.

Providing compliance management systems, Effective Software has an office in the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin, as well as another office in London.

Darragh Geoghegan, chief executive of the company commented: “We’re a sales-orientated company and the intention is to grow that aggressively. There’ll be investment in building the sales team in Dublin,” “On the back of that, we’ll be looking at heavy investment in the tech side of things.”

Current jobs advertised with the company include:

  • Senior Marketing Executive
  • Customer Support Representative

For more information including details on how to apply click here.

About the company

Effective Software was formed in 2007 by brothers Darragh and Colm Geoghegan with business partner Billy O’Brien.

The company helps organisations streamline compliance and minimise risk by providing the world’s smartest, most flexible, most affordable, compliance management system.

For more information on the company including contact details you can visit their website here.


The CareersPortal Team