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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

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If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.


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40 schools to offer Computer Science

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40 schools to offer Computer Science

Friday, January 05, 2018 

40 schools to offer Computer Science

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced the 40 chosen schools to do Computer Science as a Leaving Cert subject in 2020. Schools were initially invited to put their name forward for the new subject and 40 schools were selected.

Starting in September this year, the 40 schools throughout the country will provide Computer Science as a Leaving Cert subject to fifth-year students. Minister Bruton also stated that it is the Department of Education’s intention that Computer Science will be available to all schools in Ireland by 2020.

The Department of Education has yet to decide if it will make the subject available for another cohort of students in 2019.

The first exam will take place during the 2020 Leaving Cert with 70% of the marks coming from the exam and 30% from a project done in school.

The course will focus on programming and computational thinking and the application of these skills to problem solving. It will also look at how computing impacts the world and focus on the historical, ethical, environmental and technological impacts on the development of society.

Students taking the subject will learn:

  • Computational thinking
  • How to analyse problems in computational terms
  • Programming languages and how to read, write, test and modify computer programs
  • Creative design
  • Design computation artefacts such as web pages, digital animations, simulations, games, apps and robotic systems
  • The ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science

 The 40 schools are as follows:

  • Abbey Vocational School – The Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
  • Adamstown Community College - Station Rd, Adamstown, Co. Dublin
  • Breifne College – Cootehill Rd, Cavan, Co. Cavan
  • Bush Post Primary – Riverstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • Carrigaline Community School – Waterpark, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
  • Castleblayeny College – Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
  • Christ King Girls Secondary School - Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork
  • Clongowes Wood College – Clane, Co. Kildare
  • Coláiste an Chraoibhin – Duntaheen Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Coláiste Bríde – New Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
  • Coláiste Chiaráin – Croom, Co. Limerick
  • Coláiste Choilm – Ballincollig, Co. Cork
  • Coláiste Mhuire – Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
  • Coláiste na Ríochta – Listowel, Co. Kerry
  • Colaiste Phadraig – Roselawn, Lucan, Co. Dublin
  • Coláiste Pobail Setanta – Phibblestown CC, Phibblestown, Dublin 15
  • Creagh College – Carnew Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Dominican College Sion Hill – Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin
  • Ennistymon Vocational School – Ennistymon, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG – An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Corcaigh
  • Le Chéile Secondary School – Hollystown Road, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15
  • Loreto College Swords – Swords, Co. Dublin
  • Luttrellstown Community College – Mill Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • Mayfield Community School – Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Cork Moate
  • Community School – Church Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath
  • Mount Sion CBS – Barrack Street, Waterford
  • Mount Temple Comprehensive – Malahide Road, Dublin 3
  • Presentation Secondary school – Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  • Rice College – Castlebar Road, Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Sacred Heart Secondary School – Convent of Mercy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
  • Saint Eunan’s College – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • St Aidan’s Comprehensive School – Cootehill, Co. Cavan
  • St Brigids Mercy Secondary School Tuam – Convent Of Mercy, Tuam, Co. Galway
  • St Joseph’s Secondary School – Convent Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin
  • St Mary’s CBS – Millpark Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  • St Vincent’s Secondary School – Seatown Place, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • St. Finian’s Community College, Swords – Swords, Co. Dublin
  • Stratford College – 1 Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
  • Synge St CBS – Synge St., Dublin 8
  • Terenure College – Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The CareersPortal Team


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