What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I chose Physics, Chemistry and Technical Drawing as my optional subjects for the Leaving Certificate with a view to choosing an engineering course at third level.
These subjects certainly helped with first year in college as I had a foundation in those subjects to build on.
In hindsight, I would have chosen Applied Maths over Technical Drawing as the engineering course had a significant Applied Maths content.
Overall, I feel my subject choices were appropriate for my career choice.
What is your education to date?
Leaving Certificate 1989
Bachelor of Engineering UCD 2003
Masters in Engineering Science 2006
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
My engineering degree course was the most important foundation for my job.
Since then, I have found the Project Managemet and Problem Solving course very practical and useful.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I have completed a number of courses during my career with CRH, some are listed below:
Kepner-Tregoe - Project Management Workshop - 3 days
FAS Safepass - Health and Safety - 1 day
Emergency Training Services Limited - Introduction to Health and Safety - 1 day
IEI/CIF/HSA - Safety on Construction Projects – Seminar - 1 day
CRH/Irish Management Institute - Young Managers Programme - 1 week
Irish Industrial Explosives - Quarry Shot Firing (EPIC certified) - 1 week
Irish Management Institute - Newly Appointed Managers Programme - 3 weeks
Enterprise Management Associates - Persuasive Business Proposals - Development, structuring and presenting business ideas - 2 days
Kepner-Tregoe - Analytic Trouble Shooting - Problem Identification and Solving - 3 days
Presentation & Communication Skills - 2 days
I intend to continue training/upskilling as necessary.