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 Marie O'Donovan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Marie O'Donovan

Environmental Officer

CRH plc

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  Marie O'Donovan

You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.

You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year

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CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 

CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year

79,229 CAO applicants at close of CAO Late Application facility.

The Late Application facility for the CAO college entry process closed on May 1st at 5:15pm. From the initial February 1st deadline to the May 1st deadline, an additional 4,861 applicants applied to the CAO.

The total number of CAO applicants at the close on May 1st was 79,229, representing an additional 1,504 applicants competing for college places in 2015, compared to the closing date last year.

Of the total applicants for 2015, 486 were Advanced Entry applicants. From 2015, the CAO processes applications for entry to years 2, 3 and 4 of undergraduate courses in some Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This entry route is known as Advanced Entry.

Change of Mind Facility

The CAO Change of Mind facility opened on Tuesday May 5th at noon - within two hours of opening, 1,000 applicants had made changes to their application. Applicants who did not enter course choices by February 1st can do so up to July 1st at 5:15pm, however restrictions apply.

This facility is free to all applicants, however some categories of applicants may not be able to use the online Change of Mind and certain restricted courses cannot be introduced at this stage in the application process. The Change of Mind facility will remain open until July 1st at 5:15pm. Registered applicants can login to their CAO account using the 'My Application' facility to add, remove or change the order of their chosen courses if desired. All CAO applicants will receive a 'Statement of Application Record' before the end of May and CAO advises all applicants to check this statement carefully and notify them of any errors or omissions in the document.

All correspondence from CAO should be treated as extremely important. An online video guide to the Change of Mind facility is available to download or view from the 'Student Resources' section of the CAO website, which can be accessed at

The CareersPortal Team