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.


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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ESB Launches Diversity Strategy

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ESB Launches Diversity Strategy

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 

ESB Launches Diversity Strategy

ESB celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th with a panel discussion at ESB’s head office, featuring special guest Professor Orla Feely, Vice President, Research, Innovation and Impact at UCD.

Dr Feely shared her personal career journey and insights into how we can make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) more diverse and more relevant and appealing to young women as they make career and college choices.

The panel discussion launched ESB’s Diversity Strategy, which will raise awareness of challenges and biases that exist across workplaces and sets out some pro-active steps to improve the quality of work life balance for all our staff.

Speaking at the celebrations, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty said that while ESB has led the charge in promoting STEM amongst young women making career decisions there remains much more to be done in explaining how engineering is a career that can enable people to have a real and positive impact in society.

“It is by articulating and explaining this, that we can attract young people who want to make a positive contribution into engineering and technology roles,” he explained.

As a leading STEM employer ESB is at the forefront of exploring and understanding these issues, and we are committed to continuing to work with our colleagues in the academic world and in Engineers Ireland to create positive pathways into engineering and through our organisation for our female recruits and graduates.