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.


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Trainee Jockey Course OPEN for Applications

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Trainee Jockey Course OPEN for Applications

Thursday, May 14, 2015 

Trainee Jockey Course OPEN for Applications

Applications for the 2015 / 2016 Trainee Jockey Course at the RACE Academy in Kildare are now open!

NOTE: To be eligible for the SOLAS Trainee Jockey course you must register with SOLAS.  An explanation of the registration process and documents required is outlined below.

Application Process

Applicants are advised to follow the steps outlined below carefully and in the correct order

STAGE 1 – registration for the course / attend an Open Day 

Attend one of the RACE Open Days.

[Only 1 Remaining Date for 2015: Tuesday May 26th]

Gather the following items as soon as possible:

If you are under 18:

School support letter - A written statement from the Principal of your school to confirm that you are likely to benefit from attending the SOLAS Trainee Jockey course. While a general character reference and information regarding behaviour and attendance would be beneficial, their statement that you are likely to benefit from the course is essential.  If the letter is not signed by the Principal it cannot be accepted.   

Parental / guardian support - A written statement from your parent or guardian that you have their full support for your application.  

If you are over 18:

School reference - A written statement from your school in relation to your suitability for your chosen career plus a general character reference and information regarding behaviour and attendance.

Bring the above items to your local Department of Social Protection (DSP) office

Request to be registered for the SOLAS Racehorse Care and Riding course:

COURSE CODE EQ 0N3 (EQ zero N3) which is categorised under ‘Sports and Leisure’

There are special allowances made for registration on this course in relation to age and school status for those under 18 which is why you require the above documents.

The DSP may request to view and make note of your documents but you should keep them

The closing date for registering for the 2015 / 2016 course is Friday 12th June 2015.  After this date you will no longer be eligible.

STAGE 2 – information gathering

Fill in the personal information sheet

Bring the medical information sheet to your GP for completion

Complete the applicant medical questionnaire  

Submit all documents to the address below as soon as possible:

Trainee Jockey Course

Racing Academy & Centre of Education

Curragh House

Dublin Road


Co. Kildare


Full information and application forms can be found here

The CareersPortal Team