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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Booming Jobs Market is driving Demand for Talent

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Booming Jobs Market is driving Demand for Talent

Thursday, October 29, 2015 

Booming Jobs Market is driving Demand for Talent

According to the Robert Walters European Job Index – Q3 2015, Job advertisement volumes in Ireland are up 16% year-on-year, with IT Job adverts up 20% driven by growth in Data Analytics and FinTech.

A shortage of candidates is intensifying the demand for talent across sectors.

Banking and Finance

Adverts for banking and finance professionals increased 11% year-on-year as the sector continued to strengthen. Demand for experienced fund accountants and fund administrators increased as leading international fund management companies expand their operations in Dublin and other regions. Equally, demand for equity analysts increased as a consequence of a renewed focus on growing returns.

Operational risk professionals were increasingly sought-after as the Central Bank drives requirements for increased oversight and controls within the banking sector.

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Recruitment activity in accounting and finance has also increased, with advertisements up 18% year-on-year. There has been a particular growth in demand for newly-qualified, as well as part-qualified, accountants as businesses work to expand their finance departments and build teams from the bottom up following a period of headcount reduction during the downturn.

Louise Campbell, Managing Director Robert Walters Ireland, said: “The jobs market is particularly active in Ireland, with growing candidate and business confidence, and demand for professionals across all sectors and levels of experience. With huge candidate shortages in sectors such as accounting and finance, legal, compliance and IT, staff retention remains one of the biggest priorities for businesses. Professionals are frequently headhunted and counter-offers are quickly becoming the norm.”


Recruitment in the compliance and risk & quant sectors was also very active, with an 18% and 11% year-on-year increase in advertisements, respectively. Within compliance, regulatory pressures are driving demand for professionals with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and financial crime experience. In addition, Conduct of Business specialists are highly sought-after in the insurance and retail banking sectors.


Although demand remained strong, advertisements within the legal sector were level year-on-year. However, as businesses look to grow, legal professionals with strong commercial contracts skills are in high demand and dual legal and compliance professionals are also sought-after.

IT Sector

The IT sector, the largest sector of growth by advertising volume, continued to go from strength to strength with job adverts up 20% year-on-year as a result of numerous multinational companies expanding their teams. Ireland is quickly establishing a reputation as a European centre for data analytics, with many global companies competing for talent. Equally, the FinTech sector is growing in importance with many new and existing companies targeting universities and graduates with strong mathematical and analytical skills.

Campbell, concluded: “Ireland remains one of the fastest growing economies in the Eurozone, with strong performance in Dublin and other regional hubs such as Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway. As the jobs market continues to grow, we have seen our international credibility strengthen and as a result there is growing interest from professionals abroad considering a move to Ireland. The trends we have seen during the quarter, and indeed throughout 2015, are very encouraging and bode well for a strong jobs market in Q4 and going into next year.”

The CareersPortal Team