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.

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Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.
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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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CRH is a leading global building materials group employing approximately 76,000 people at over 3,300 locations worldwide

CRH is a leading global building materials group employing approximately 76,000 people at over 3,300 locations worldwide
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CRH is a diversified building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products from the fundamentals of heavy materials and elements to construct the frame, through value-added exterior products that complete the building envelope, to distribution channels which service construction fit-out and renewal.

CRH plc was formed through a merger in 1970 of two leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited (established in 1936) and Roadstone, Limited (1949). The newly-formed group was the sole producer of cement and the principal producer of aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in Ireland.

CRH employs approximately 76,000 people at 3,600 operating locations in 35 countries. Headquartered in Belgard Castle in Dublin, CRH focuses on three closely related core businesses:

  • Primary materials (cement, aggregates, asphalt, etc)
  • Value-added building products (bricks, roof tiles, insulation, etc)
  • Specialist building materials distribution.

The Group’s broad geographic, sectoral and product balance together with its vigorous and consistent development strategy has delivered unbroken profit growth since 1992.

For more information: www.crh.ie
 
                     


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"My ACCA exams were the most important so far in terms of my career. These are necessary for a position in Internal Audit with CRH"
Auditor
Claire Hanrahan
"Interpersonal skills are very important as you are interacting with quarry managers, Local Authority's and employees all the time"
Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan
"Completing the MBA was one of the most rewarding parts of my career so far. It is a challenging and intense year and I felt a great sense of achievement"
Development Analyst
John Traynor
"I am now working on the new 200 million project called Kiln 3 in Irish Cement and have a lot of responsibilities and pressure on my head"
Mechanical Engineer
Damien Mason
"My current role allows a good mix of working time and time with my family. Within the CRH organisation there are good progression opportunities"
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Peter LaComber
"Having realised that I enjoyed maths the most, I was quick to decide that either Engineering or Science should be the course I do in college."
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Natasha Ibanez