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 Donal Kane from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Donal Kane

Plumber / Construction Super.

Construction Industry Federation

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Starting your Career Path

Wheras some people seem to know what they would like to do from an early age, most people don't. This is to be expected as knowing what you want to do in life is based on:

  • Knowing what is possible
  • Knowing yourself well enough to know if you would like the work.

Obviously you can't know of all the possible jobs that may exist at this stage in your life. And, as you are still developing your personality and character, you can't know yourself all that well either.

What you can do, however, is start to explore both yourself and the types of jobs that other people do. This website is designed to help you with this process. The more you know about the possible jobs that exist, and the better you know how suited you might be to different types of jobs, the easier it is to feel confident in finding your own direction.







Hint: CRH plc

One of the main cool things about the job is the opportunity for global travel.

I just recently spent 7 months working in Copenhagen which was a fantastic experience.

Here in Irish Cement, there is something different every day at work. It never gets boring, and I have never once found myself counting down the clock to 4:30.

The company is very flexible also, meaning that a lot of responsibility is given to you, and you have a lot of freedom to chose the direction in which you approach the job.

Also there is ongoing performance management meetings with your boss, and you have a dedicated mentor to discuss any issues or future plans which you have.

The company sends you on quite a number of courses and further training/education. I have recently completed a week long Management Development Programme with the IMI, which followed on from a Graduate Development Programme with the IMI which I completed 2 years ago. I have also been on an International Cement Production Seminar lasting 3 weeks, 1 of which was spent in Vietnam. I have completed two Kepner Tregoe Courses, one on Project Management and the other on Analytic Troubleshooting. I have completed a Vibration Analysis Course, a Certificate in Health and Safety from UCD, not to mention various computer software programme courses.

All in all, continuous learing is priority for Irish Cement and it's employees.

Finally, one of the coolest things about Irish Cement is the culture within the organisation. It is a really enjoyable place to work and people gel extremely well together here.


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