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.

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I could be on the wards assessing staff performance or assessing the practical skills of those staff doing their FET Level 5 training

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"I enjoy the fact that there is a lot of patient contact and that we have the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives"
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Our main aim is to maintain a child in the care of its parents and all supports and interventions are given in an effort to achieve this

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Work within the HSE is usually very challenging and tends to keep you on your toes. You won't get bored

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"The role of a paramedic is very demanding and it is challenging to ensure the patient receives the best level of care"
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The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative

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We also attend to Caesarean deliveries and assist the mothers and fathers with the immediate care of the new born

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