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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Irish Film and Animation Industry Going Strong

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Irish Film and Animation Industry Going Strong

Thursday, January 15, 2015 

Irish Film and Animation Industry Going Strong

The Irish Film Board /Bord Scannán na hÉireann, has launched its production catalogue, Irish Film 2015, showcasing the projects coming to Irish audiences this year. The details were outlined by Chief Executive, James Hickey.

Production activity in the independent film, television drama and animation sector reached €195 million last year - 6.5% higher than in 2013 and up 37% on 2012.

There is estimated 6,500 full-time (equivalent) jobs in the Irish film industry, with 15,000 working in the sector in total.

“We believe that is something that can be strengthened and increased,” said Mr Hickey . However, it is unlikely a five- year target of 10,000 full-time jobs for the sector, a figure contained in the 2011 Creative Capital report commissioned by the Department of Arts, will be reached by 2016, he added.

Is a career in Film, Broadcasting or Animation for you? Check out related occupations, career opportunities and college courses.

The Lír - National Academy of Dramatic Art - now on Colleges Direct.

Visit the Irish Film Board here.


The CareersPortal Team