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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.


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FREE Graduate Conversion Computing Course

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FREE Graduate Conversion Computing Course

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 

FREE Graduate Conversion Computing Course

Reboot your career with a Graduate Conversion programme!

If you have an honours degree and are looking to re-boot your career there is a FREE full time programme opportunity in IT Tallaght which is closing very soon.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is a level 8 Graduate Conversion programme which has the support of SAP, Microsoft and its technology partners such as Ergo Systems, Version1 among other key ICT employers.

This programme is due to start on February 11 and consists of two academic semesters plus six months placement in industry. Closing date for applications 9th February.

The programme has run for the past three years in IT Tallaght and has had excellent employment outcomes.

While initially targeted at graduates from numerate disciplines such as Engineering and Science, graduates from a wide range of fields from Accounting to Creative Media have used this programme to utilise their problem solving skills and start a new and exciting career in the ICT sector.

The ICT Sector is expanding at an increasingly rapid rate in Ireland and there is already a shortage of skilled workers for the various disciplines in this field. As a consequence ICT graduates are in high demand and therefore this is a very good option for people who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career.

This programme is delivered in partnership with DIT and successful participants have a choice of specialisation between software development and data analytics at the end of the first semester.

Interested graduates should contact Barry Feeney or Gary Clynch in the Department of Computing ( /

Admission requires an informal interview and an aptitude test.

What graduates say…

“I have recommended this course, and IT Tallaght in particular to a number of my friends, should the opportunity to apply arise again.”(Structural Engineer 10 years experience)

“The course itself has an exceptionally practical focus, which I have found is hugely attractive to prospective employers.” (Sales & Marketing 20+ years).

“Really enjoyed the course. I think the organisation of the course material was fantastic. The workload, although very intense, was well structured and gave a steady environment to keep learning at a fast pace.” (Creative Media 6 years) *****

For more information on the programme see the following links:

IT Tallaght and course page

Applications can be made by accessing this link 

About ITT Dublin:

ITT Dublin put a strong focus on exposing our students to both theoretical and practical learning so that we can ensure that they are 'industry ready' when they graduate. This effort and the resulting quality of our graduates is increasingly being recognised by some of the main industry players such as IBM, SAP, Google, Pfizer, Nestle and Cuisine de France.

The mission of Institute of Technology Tallaght is to be the centre of higher education and knowledge creation within South Dublin County and its environs, to broaden participation in higher education in the region, to be recognised as a leader in supporting research and commercial innovation, and to assist in the advancement of the economic, social and cultural life of the region.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion programme which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry. It carries a unique level of industry support for this programme from some of the leading software and IT companies in the world including Microsoft, IBM, SAP, SAS, Ergo, Codec, Version1(up to 30 more).

The programme consists of two semesters of intensive computing education allied to a six months internship in an IT company.

Graduate employment from the programme has been very strong with the vast majority of successful graduates obtaining graduate entry positions in the ICT sector.

The opportunity:

To get a FREE place on a programme which will give you that vital start in experience as well as knowledge. 

Specialisations: Take one - Data Analytics/ Software Development/

What type of Graduates took this course:

Civil engineers, Architects, Sales Managers, Production Managers, Electronic Engineers, Marketing & Language Graduates, Graphic Designers, Architectural Technicians, Accountants, Consultant Engineer, Site Engineer, Surveyor, Test Engineer, Product Engineer, Primary Teacher, Mechanical Engineer

The CareersPortal Team