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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Hub Strategy to bring New Jobs to County Wexford

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Hub Strategy to bring New Jobs to County Wexford

Friday, April 10, 2015 

Hub Strategy to bring New Jobs to County Wexford

Plans are afoot to recreate the commercial identities of the four main towns in County Wexford.

  • Wexford town will become the location of choice for insurance and financial service companies
  • Gorey will be rebranded as an IT hub
  • Enniscorthy and New Ross will solidify their reputations as industrial zones.

Wexford - Insurance Hub

The insurance hub will be created by attracting leading companies in the insurance sector, to locate in Wexford town. While this has the potential to create thousands of jobs for the local community, many of these companies will expect their employees to hold, or be working towards a recognised insurance qualification with the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

The Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) is the qualification which insurance companies will require for an entry level position. As this qualifications can take between 6 and 12 months to complete, it is important that people wishing to work in the Wexford Insurance Hub, register to take this qualification now, so that they will be qualified to apply for these positions when they become available.

Gorey - IT Hub

The creation of an IT hub in Gorey will provide a wide variety of career opportunities in the IT sector. From programming to software development and network management to general IT support, this sector encompasses a broad range of roles.

However, the constant technological advancements which occur within the IT sector mean that skillsets required by IT professionals, change on a regular basis and a good way to identify these future needs is to review the reports published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. These reports can be accessed from here.

Enniscorthy and New Ross - Manufacturing and Industrial Hubs

The towns of Enniscorthy and New Ross will be positioned as the manufacturing and industrial hubs for the county, with plans in motion to construct new advanced technology buildings in both towns. While the scope of the manufacturing companies may vary, the job opportunities that will arise, the vast majority of these positions will be factory based positions.

Therefore, it will be essential for prospective employees to complete process operator training (QQI level 5) to position themselves to avail of the job opportunities in this sector.

While plans have been made to revamp County Wexford as a location that will attract multinational companies, jobseekers need to invest in training and education now, to avail of these job opportunities when they arrive.

Funding for these training courses may be available through the Technical Employment Support Grant administered by the Department of Social Protection or the new Mediator fund administered by the network of Local Employment Services.

Article by: Karl Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the multi award winning Chevron Training and Recruitment, presenter of South East Radio’s ‘Business Matters’ and Vice President of Wexford Chamber.


See also - New Deal for Pillar Healthcare expected to bring more Jobs to Enniscorthy

The CareersPortal Team