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 Natasha Ibanez from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Natasha Ibanez

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Natasha Ibanez
An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.

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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I am approachable. I have a sense of humour. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Ability to communicate effectively with the teams I work with. Ability to convey that all people are respected at all levels within both the office setting and hospital setting.

I believe as a nurse, you must be kind, considerate, generous, hard working, have the ability to learn, ability to change, and take responsibility for your actions. You must constantly learn new approaches/techniques to care. You MUST be able to respond to the wishes of the patients/clients that you care for.

To progress within your career, if that is what you want, you must remain ambitious. You must constantly update yourself. You must also never be afraid to change direction. Follow your instinct and learning and what takes your interest will usually sway you towards your eventual goal. Never be afraid to change.

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