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.

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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012 


Monday, March 26, 2012 




Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012

Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD today launched e-Skills week 2012 at the ‘eFuture – Inspiring the Next Generation’ event in the Clock Tower Building at the Department of Education and Science.

The event, a joint initiative between ICT Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the high tech sector, and Fast Track to IT (FIT) highlighted the importance of e-Skills for students and young adults who are about to embark on their career journey.

Speaking at the event Minister Cannon said: "The European e-Skills week is a great initiative to show people how to get jobs in today’s economy. E-skills are becoming essential in almost every business sector of the economy and are fast becoming an integral part of everyday life. Equipping all our young people with e-skills will play an crucial role in transforming our society.

Highlighting the importance of the eFuture -Inspiring the Next Generation event, Paul Sweetman, Director of ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association said: ‘Campaigns such as the European E-skills week and the Smart Futures campaign are critical to increasing the awareness of the opportunities and jobs generated through technology. There remains enormous demand for technology skills. Over 1900 jobs have been announced by the sector in 2012. Demand for skills in a variety of roles continues."

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ICT Ireland press release, 26/3/2012

 




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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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