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.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Jobs Week 2015 Takes Place from 28 September

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Jobs Week 2015 Takes Place from 28 September

Thursday, September 24, 2015 

Jobs Week 2015 Takes Place from 28 September

Jobs Week 2015 will take place from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October with hundreds of events nationwide to assist both jobseekers and employers. 

The Dublin flagship event will be the Intreo Careers Fair which will take place in The Printworks in Dublin Castle on 29 September where:

  • Up to 50 employers with job vacancies will exhibit at the event along with some training providers.
  • Workshops on topics relevant to jobseekers such as how to make the most of your job search, CV preparation tips, interview techniques (including competency-based interviews), starting up a business and using social media for job hunting.
  • One-to-one job coaching tailored to meet individual specific job seeking needs will be conducted by volunteer professionals from various sectors.

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A series of nationwide events are planned for employers as well, including:

  • The EURES/Northern Ireland Cross Border Speed Networking event for employers in Bellingham Castle in Co Louth where information will be provided for employers on all employer and business supports available;
  • A networking event for graduates with employers and job coaches in both Dublin and Kilkenny; An Enterprise Support event for self-employed / small enterprises in Mullingar;
  • Open evenings for employers will be held in Intreo centres throughout the country during the week.

For full details of Jobs Week events, click here 

The Tánaiste and Minister Humphreys launched JobsWeek 2015 at an event in Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, which also reviewed the progress made to date under a separate employment initiative for young jobseekers - Feeding Ireland’s Future. Through Feeding Ireland’s Future, employers offer young jobseekers expert advice on CV preparation, interview skills and job searching tips as well as one-to-one career coaching.

The Tánaiste thanked the employers participating in the very successful initiative, saying: “Since the very start of our term of office, the Government realised the importance of building partnerships with the private sector to assist and create opportunities for people who are seeking employment. I want to extend my appreciation to each of you for your continued commitment to Feeding Ireland’s Future to help young jobseekers enhance their skills and maximise their opportunities. And it works – it helps these young jobseekers to get jobs. That is the ultimate goal of initiatives such as Feeding Ireland’s Future and Jobs Week – to ensure we reduce unemployment as rapidly as possible and create opportunities for our people.”

The CareersPortal Team