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.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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CAO Change of Mind Opens 5th May

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CAO Change of Mind Opens 5th May

Monday, April 27, 2015 

CAO Change of Mind Opens 5th May

The deadline for late applications to the CAO is Friday 1st May. No new applications can be submitted after this date.

The CAO change-of-mind facility then becomes available to any applicant already in the CAO system.

The online change-of-mind facility becomes available from May 5th, with a closing date for any changes of 5.15pm on Wednesday 1st July.

Applicants may submit a change of mind to CAO free of charge. A copy of a paper change-of-mind form will be included with the statement of the application record which all applicants receive from CAO before the end of May. However, CAO stresses that it is safer to record a change of mind online.

When applicants use the online facility, they should remember that the same basic principle underlines the CAO application system.

Applicants should place their courses in order of genuine preference, regardless of what points they feel they may get.

A change- of- mind application cancels and supersedes all the original course choices made in the category in which changes are now being made.

Applicants can use the facility as many times as they want up to July 1st. However, they may not introduce a restricted-application course to their list of course choices on a change of mind application. There is an exception - if a restricted course shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course an applicant has already applied for, it may be permitted to introduce it on a change of mind. Applicants should always consult with the relevant Higher Education Institution before introducing such a course. Applicants may remove restricted-application courses from their list of course choices if they wish to do so.

Many CAO applicants will be happy with their choices to date and will not change their mind. 

However, in 2014, according to figures from the CAO, over half (41,897) of the 77,725 CAO applicants submitted a Change of Mind before the July 1 deadline.

In some instances, applicants may have discovered and become interested in a course they had not originally considered and applied for, or may now realise that a course they had applied for is not for them.

Applicants may have seen a new course in CAO's Important Changes list, which they did not know was available, because these new courses received approval too late to be included in the CAO 2015 handbook.

Useful Resources:

  • CAO Change of Mind video - A guide from the CAO to making changes to your application

The CareersPortal Team