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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270 Jobs for South East across Three Companies

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270 Jobs for South East across Three Companies

Monday, September 07, 2015 

270 Jobs for South East across Three Companies

The Government is to make a series of jobs announcements later this morning.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and IDA executives have said that more than 270 direct jobs will be generated in total between Waterford, Clonmel in Co Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Eishtec: The largest of the three employment announcements will see 200 new jobs created over the next six months in Clonmel by Eishtec, a customer service solution provider, which has its headquarters in Waterford. The jobs will be at Eishtec's new call centre which is is opening soon in Clonmel. The company started four years ago, with just nine employees and now employs 1,300 people at sites in Waterford, Wexford and Craigavon. Recruitment will start immediately.

Details of Job opportunities with Eishtec are available here

Bluefin Payment Systems: which has its headquarters in Atlanta in the US is to set up a technology and operations centre in Waterford, creating 40 jobs over the next three years. The privately owned company’s first international office is being established at Cleaboy Business Park in Waterford.  Bluefin's Irish Operation will be led by General Manager Elaine Fennelly, a Waterford native. The company expects to collaborate closely with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) located in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to leverage their experience and expertise in software and start ups.

Visit the Bluefin payment Systems website here

CipherTechs: an information security services provider CipherTechs, with headquarters in New York, is to generate around 36 jobs in the coming years with new offices in Kilkenny.

The roles being created are for senior architects and support engineering analysts. Job applicants can email or

Visit the CipherTechs website here

These developments are suported by IDA Ireland. The Government's Action Plan for Jobs for the region will also be launched later this morning, which aims to create thousands more jobs in the region within the next five years.

The CareersPortal Team