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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


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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55 New Jobs between Lites Group and NK Communications

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55 New Jobs between Lites Group and NK Communications

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 

55 New Jobs between Lites Group and NK Communications

Up to 55 new jobs are to be created nationwide by two sales and marketing companies helping drive Energia’s push into the electricity and gas market. The new jobs will be created between Lites Group and NK Communications over the coming months.

Lites Group will hire 30 sales professionals for positions based in:

  • Carlow
  • Kilkenny
  • Wickow 
  • Wexford

NK Communications also plans to hire 25 more people for their sales team. The new hires will be working on the companies’ sales campaigns for Energia.

Joint Managing Director at Lites Group, Aidan O’Brien said, "We look forward to hearing from all interested sales professionals in the south-east region. Our new campaign with Energia is attracting lot of interest and we expect the business to grow quickly. The 30 new hires will enjoy attractive pay and conditions, coupled with professional sales training and career advancement."

For more information on Lites Group including contact details click here

Managing Director at NK Communications, Noel King added, "We are very excited about taking on such a significant number of new hires. These positions should be attractive to those experienced in both field and commercial sales and I am encouraging candidates of all experience levels to apply - those new to field sales and those with significant experience."

For details on how to become a member of the NK Communications team click here

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The CareersPortal Team