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 Rose Griffin from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Rose Griffin

Network Technician

ESB

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  Rose Griffin
Well in school you should try do a practical subject and get used to working with your hands. Physics is another subject that would be of benefit. It would help in the theory exams that you complete after each of the off the job training modules.
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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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One of the main cool things about the job is the opportunity for global travel.

I just recently spent 7 months working in Copenhagen which was a fantastic experience.

Here in Irish Cement, there is something different every day at work. It never gets boring, and I have never once found myself counting down the clock to 4:30.

The company is very flexible also, meaning that a lot of responsibility is given to you, and you have a lot of freedom to chose the direction in which you approach the job.

Also there is ongoing performance management meetings with your boss, and you have a dedicated mentor to discuss any issues or future plans which you have.

The company sends you on quite a number of courses and further training/education. I have recently completed a week long Management Development Programme with the IMI, which followed on from a Graduate Development Programme with the IMI which I completed 2 years ago. I have also been on an International Cement Production Seminar lasting 3 weeks, 1 of which was spent in Vietnam. I have completed two Kepner Tregoe Courses, one on Project Management and the other on Analytic Troubleshooting. I have completed a Vibration Analysis Course, a Certificate in Health and Safety from UCD, not to mention various computer software programme courses.

All in all, continuous learing is priority for Irish Cement and it's employees.

Finally, one of the coolest things about Irish Cement is the culture within the organisation. It is a really enjoyable place to work and people gel extremely well together here.


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