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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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100 new jobs for Dublin with KBRA

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100 new jobs for Dublin with KBRA


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 




100 new jobs for Dublin with KBRA

US company Kroll Bond has today confirmed plans to establish a European headquarters in Dublin. The ratings agency is expected to employ around 100 people in what will be its first office outside of the US.

The new jobs will come on stream within the next three years. Established in 2010, Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) employs around 275 people in the US. 

Company chief executive Jim Nadler said the company were "grateful" for Dublin's welcoming reception. "We look forward to our growth within Dublin and across Europe", he added.

The chief executive of IDA Ireland said he was "delighted" that KBRA have chosen Ireland over several other European destinations.

"This is another Brexit win for Ireland and indicates that financial institutions that may have previously chosen London now view Dublin as a viable post Brexit solution," Martin Shanahan said.

"With the European economy growing faster than the American economy, now is the time to be optimistic about Europe and Ireland remains unwavering in its commitment," the IDA chief added.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with KBRA are available here.

The CareersPortal Team