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 Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Claire Hanrahan


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The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Working Visas for Canada

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

Working Visas for Canada

The application process for Canadian working holiday visas opens online today at 7.00pm

The International Experience Canada (IEC) permit allows Irish people under the age of 35, along with their children, to live and work in Canada for up to two years.

The visas are expected to be taken up within in minutes. Some 7,700 visas will be available this year – with applications for 3,850 opening at 7pm today and applications for the remaining 3,850 opening on Thursday.

A further 2,409 “young professional” IEC permits are also available for Irish people who have a job offer secured in advance. The application system for these permits opened last month.

The first IEC round last year saw visas snapped up in a record seven minutes, with a similar rush expected today.

Speaking on NewstalkFM this morning, Edwina Shanahan, manager at VisaFirst, said places on this programme “are in big demand”, noting: “People have been waiting eagerly for the last two months to see when the Irish part of the programme would open”. Anyone interested should note it is likely that round one will sell out in less than 10 minutes and there will only be one other opportunity to get an open IEC visa – though we have not yet been told when the second round will be rolled out. The working holiday visa enables people to work in Canada and also allows them to move around in search of better opportunities. IEC started as a cultural exchange between Ireland and Canada in 2003, but in recent years the programme has increasingly become focused on addressing Canada’s ongoing labour shortages.

Many people will have their documentation ready to go as new rules mean applicants must submit their documentation, including Garda clearance, within 14 days. People had three months to do this in 2014.

Full details from Government of Canada website here.

Visit VisaFirst here to request a copy of the User Guide for the Canadian Visa Process.


The CareersPortal Team