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.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Action Plan for Jobs 2015

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Action Plan for Jobs 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 

Action Plan for Jobs 2015

The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015 was published on the 29th of January, the next step in the multi-annual process aimed at delivering full employment by 2018.

The Plan is the fourth annual plan in a multi-year process which started in early 2012, and sets out in detail the 382 actions to be taken by 16 Government Departments and over 60 State Agencies during 2015 to support job-creation, with deadlines and lead responsibility assigned. Building on the success of previous plans, the 2015 plan includes six new Disruptive Reforms. 

It was launched at the global headquarters of ICON plc, an Irish multinational company which announced the creation of 200 innovation jobs, part-funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Three years ago in February 2012, at a very different time for employment in Ireland, the Government launched the first Action Plan for Jobs at ICON’s headquarters with a target at that time of delivering an extra 100,000 jobs by 2016, a target which will be delivered upon during 2015, over 12 months early.

Among the headline measures to be delivered in 2015 through the Action Plan for Jobs are:

  • Regions – Regional Enterprise Strategies to be rolled out shortly across the country – including competitive funding initiatives of up to €25million, aimed at encouraging stakeholders in each region to cooperate to develop projects to support enterprise and job-creation in their area
  • Skills – a National Talent Drive, including a 60% increase in the number of ICT graduates from the higher education system by 2018
  • Innovation – make Ireland a European leader for intellectual property activities by business – including doubling by 2018 the number of patents, industrial designs registered and other measurable IP activities by businesses in Ireland. Also establishment during 2015 of a National Health Innovation Hub
  • Startups – new measures to deliver on ambitious targets for job-creation by start-ups, including a new SURE tax incentive to provide funding for people starting businesses, and a Start Up Gathering to be held in Ireland during 2015
  • Red tape – cut red tape by reducing the administrative burden of 750,000 business interactions with Government in 2015, and by delivering a streamlined online system for applying for 29 retail licenses in early 2015
  • Energy – Ireland will become Europe’s Energy Innovation Hub by 2020 – by becoming a world leader in key parts of the innovative energy sector we will attract more mobile investment and develop more Irish businesses
  • Exports – Over 27,000 new jobs in exporting companies during 2015, supported by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Exports by Irish companies supported by EI to hit record €19billion during 2015 • Awareness – target increased awareness among business of Government supports available to help them, through a campaign centred around , which will go live shortly
  • Competitiveness and productivity – measures to support improved competitiveness and productivity, including a €39million fund for businesses to make savings in energy and a new focus by the National Competitiveness Council on concrete measures that can deliver specific improvements
  • Domestic economy – an increased focus on job-creation in the domestic economy, including measures to support the retail, construction and agriculture sectors.

The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD said: "The aim of the National Talent Drive and our policy on research and innovation is to maintain Ireland’s strong international position, deliver the right skills, and ensure that Irish companies remain strong on international markets."

The Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD further commented: "We are making very significant progress in getting people back to work, but we want to increase the momentum. We are introducing further schemes to assist jobseekers return to employment, including the Back to Work Family Dividend."

The governments plan is focused on creating full employment by 2018 .

Read the full Action Plan for Jobs 2015 report. 


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