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 John Traynor from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


John Traynor

Development Analyst

CRH plc

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  John Traynor
This is a job that you must be really interested in to succeed in. At times the hours can be very long and the work can be very challenging. You must be prepared to put up with the hard work in order to get the real experience and career progress that the job can offer you. If you are not really interested in this work you will be letting yourself and your colleagues down.

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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This programme is designed for those who wish to make a career in management not only in the construction industry, but also in a wide range of growing areas such as in the sustainability, conservation and maintenance, retail and information technology management sectors.

The primary emphasis in the development of a high level of competency in managing and planning the execution of projects in the most efficient, effective and safety conscious manner.

The programme will also cover the technical aspects of construction work, including quantity surveying, land surveying, CAD and construction related IT systems such as the emerging area of Building Information System. The different material, technologies and systems used on construction sites in Ireland and abroad are reviewed, including in the growing sustainability, conservation and renovation areas.

The overall programme provides a good balance between classes and practical work. In particular, the Work Experience module in the third year of the programme allows the student to experience at first hand the challenges and opportunities of working in the industry for a whole semester. A study field trip also takes place during the second year of the programme to introduce students to the principles of building conservation in other EU states in order to expand their employment potential and options.

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