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 Peter LaComber from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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  Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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The INOU website contains a useful overview of what you need to know when you become unemployed.

The INOU works at local and national levels on issues affecting unemployed people. They support local groups through services such as training, information and analysis of government policies.

In particular, the downloadable leaflets Know Your Welfare Rights and Looking for Work their booklet Working for Work are very comprehensive and useful resources for jobseekers.

The INOU also list current job opportunities - click here

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I saw the notice in the paper in early '07 and applied online via I was called for psychometric testing which I managed to pass, and this was followed by the interview itself. This was both a regular panel-type and also a group interview.

After passing this I was sent for a medical and I began training shortly afterwards. This consisted of 9 weeks in the Training Centre in Portlaoise after which I was assigned to Cloverhill Prison.

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