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


CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

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.


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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25 New Apprenticeships on the Way

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25 New Apprenticeships on the Way

Thursday, July 30, 2015 

25 New Apprenticeships on the Way

Twenty-five new apprenticeships are being launched today, in new areas such as financial services, the travel industry and cheffing.

Currently, there are 27 categories of apprenticeship available in five sectors: construction, electrical work, engineering, motor mechanics and printing, under the State training and education scheme.

The new roles will be in areas like engineering, tourism and management with qualifications for the training ranging from NFQ level five (certificates) to level nine (equivalent to a Masters degree).

Minister for Skills Damien English is launching the new apprenticeships this morning.

"An example would be in the area of catering - there's two different types of commis chef and sous chef we'll be offering as apprenticeships," he said. "There's an accounting technician, a higher apprenticeship I accounctancy … there'll be engineering and the IT sector."

Details of the new apprenticeships will be available here on the Apprenticeships area of CareersPortal as soon as they become available.


The CareersPortal Team