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.


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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Qualified Accounting Technicians have the opportunity to work in a core business function in commerce, industry, practice and the public sector, and many become fully qualified accountants through further study.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the Island of Ireland. Founded in 1983, the organisation has grown to serve more than 10,000 students and members today.

With offices in Dublin and Belfast, and Partner Colleges across the Island of Ireland, Accounting Technicians provides an internationally recognised business qualification and promotes the highest educational, technical and ethical standards among our members.

With close links to Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CIMA and other professional accounting bodies in Ireland and overseas, ATI graduates have the opportunity to progress their career in accountancy to the very top of the profession. ATI graduates are entitled to put the letters MIATI (Member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians Ireland).

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