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.


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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McDonald's Employees awarded City and Guilds Qualifications

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McDonald's Employees awarded City and Guilds Qualifications

Monday, November 02, 2015 

McDonald's Employees awarded City and Guilds Qualifications

On November 2nd 2015, over 260 employees from McDonald’s Ireland were awarded City & Guilds qualifications.

Our graduates were awarded with their certificates in a graduation ceremony in the Royal College of Surgeons. McDonald’s employees have the opportunity to earn an internationally recognised qualification with City and Guilds through an in-house training programme.

The City and Guilds certification recognises and develops their skills, rewards their commitment to learning and to McDonald’s. The certifications are a Diploma in Hospitality and a NVQ Certificate in Customer Care.

Scholarship 2015

McDonald’s annual Scholarship winners for 2015 were invited to the Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, with their family and friends to receive their Scholarship award on the 3rd of September 2015.

Minister Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation presented the awards. These awards have been supported and endorsed by Brian Mooney, guidance counsellor, Oaklands College, Co. Dublin. Every year the McDonald’s crew have the opportunity to win €1,000 towards their education.

The Annual Scholarship program has been running for over 10 years and supports McDonald’s education and lifelong learning core values. This year, applicants were asked to complete an assignment on how McDonald’s could connect better with customers using social media.

Business Manager’s Conference

Every year, McDonald’s unveils its business strategy for the following year to all the restaurant managers in the business. This year the conference took place in Malta. The managers went on a trip to Malta for 4 nights and enjoyed team building activities, a business overview and lots of fun over the 4 days.