CRH is a diversified building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products.
CRH plc recruits individuals who wish to pursue a challenging and rewarding career path within the Company.
CRH plc are interested in graduates from all disciplines including Business, Accountancy, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics including those with post graduate or masters qualifications.
Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country. She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
A typical day would start with travelling to a quarry & meeting with the quarry manager.
You could spend half the day outside around the quarry carrying out an inspection/audit, the second half of the day could be spent on paper work which might include analysising environmental monitoring results and checking for compliance to planning conditions imposed on the site.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
The most relelvant subjects to my college course which I choose for my leaving certificate were physics & chemistry.
I also had honours maths which was essential along with one science subject for entry into my college course.
These three subjects have been a useful back up throughout my career so far.
I think I choose well, the one thing I would change about my choices would be to do technical drawing.
What is your education to date?
After completing my Leaving Certificate, I then studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course.
I completed the Institute of Quarrying's 'Quarry Management' course in Doncaster, this course was completed in one year as some subjects were exempt as they were covered in my engineering degree.
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
In my present role as Environmental Officer the environmental section of my degree course has been a good background to start from.
Also the environmantal module of the Qaurrying course was very relevant to my job and has been a source of reference to me.
In my previous roles in CRH I have found that the knowledge of building materials from my college course was a distinct advantage as a graduate.
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?