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 Colm Hofler from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Colm Hofler

Chemical Engineer

CRH plc

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Within the building materials industry there are opportunities for people with very different backgrounds.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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This course will cover a range of subjects in fundamental design, automation, operations management, computer-aided engineering methods and materials processes. This course will follow the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) innovative education framework so that you will get first hand practical experience and can solve real problems.

The modules during the first year are common to Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Aided Engineering and Design. 

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