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 Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Claire Hanrahan


CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.


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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Recruitment to Department of Education Inspectorate

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Recruitment to Department of Education Inspectorate

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 

Recruitment to Department of Education Inspectorate

Recruitment to the Inspectorate at the Department of Education and Skills  is to take place this summer.

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills will be recruiting primary and post-primary inspectors this summer:

  • Primary inspectors
  • Post-primary inspector of Business
  • Post-primary inspector of French
  • Post-primary inspector of Geography
  • Post-primary inspector of Guidance and
  • Post-primary inspector of Physical Education

Competitions for the appointment of these roles will be held by the Public Appointments Service prior to the summer vacation period.

If you are interested in these positions, log on to and register so that you will receive notifications when applications open.

Career Article: An Inspector Calls - Cúirt An Cigire Ceimic

Source: ETBI Issue 2 - 2016

The CareersPortal Team