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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Peter Mark was founded by Peter and Mark Keaveney in 1961, and opened its first salon on Grafton Street in Dublin. Since then, Peter Mark has grown into Ireland's best known hairdressing brand and one of Europe's most successful hairstyling groups with 71 salons nationwide. We recruit and train all our own staff in our training centers Dublin, so when you come to Peter Mark you can expect and get the best, whether you're a client or Peter Mark team member.

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Areas of specialisation:
Hair stylists and retail. 
Hair and beauty, retail and fashion. 

Career Types

  • Apprentice hair stylist
  • Hair stylist
  • Salon Coordinators / receptionist
  • Deputy Managers
  • Salon Managers
Job Contract Types
Full time, part time, fixed term i.e. apprenticeship.

Key Attractions
Peter Mark will offer you plenty of benefits to build your career including:
  • Competitive salary plus commission
  • Exceptional and unique 4 year world-class styling training system
  • Opportunities to attend seminars delivered by world renowned hairdressers.
  • Participation in the Peter Mark Hairdressing Competitions along with many international awards
  • Opportunities for progression into salon management and senior management positions.
  • Group Pension Scheme.
  • Group Health Insurance.
  • Management Training Programme.
  • Company Social events and lots of fun along the way. We have more to offer.
Many leading stylists who began their careers with us now style some of the biggest names in Irish show business and continue to mentor others within the group. As Peter Mark works closely with L'Oréal we can provide you with opportunities to work with experienced colour specialists in many of our salons. All hairdressing apprenticeships are facilitated and accredited by Peter Mark. 

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There are 71 Peter Mark salons nationwide. 

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for School Leavers: 
Apprenticeship positions

Opportunities for Graduates:
Salon coordinators / Receptionists and Deputy Management roles

Opportunities for experienced Adults

Stylist positions, Management positions, Salon Coordination / reception. 

From time to time there would be openings in our head office teams – marketing, social media, payroll, accounts, administration  

Click here for more information on current job vacancies.

You can read testimonials from our current employees here

Work Experience

We aslo facilitate transition year work experience. Contact for details. Click here for more information. 

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