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 Peter LaComber from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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  Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)

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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Both the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied Programme have modules focused on preparing for work.

Most of your school work is designed to provide you with a good general education -  teaching us about our history, our planet, how business operates, how science and technology affects our world and so on.  Without this education, it would be hard to earn a living in the modern world.

However, our general education doesn't cover some of the essential skills required to find jobs, or prepare for the world of employment. Employers are constantly shocked at how bad some students are at applying for jobs and even at interviews. These students simply don't seem to understand the basics of job applications and what employers want.

The LCVP module 'Preparation for the World of Work' and LCA module 'Vocational Preparation & Guidance' address this issue directly, and cover the essential requirements for students in the modern world.

Follow the links on this page to explore the various topics covered in these modules.

One of the key learning points of LCVP and LCA programmes is to help you look at your own personal qualities and characteristics and see how they relate to a career. We asked all of our career interviewees the question "What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Here is what they said...

I am most definitely a people-person and think of myself as approachable and easy to talk to.

I am very organised and I think this is an important trait in almost any career-path one decides to follow.

I am a fast-learner and always try to remind myself to think positive. This spills over from my love of athletics/marathon running which also requires, motivation, dedication, organisation and maintaining a positive "can-do" attitude.

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