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We asked Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Final Call for 2017 All Ireland Programming Olympiad

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Final Call for 2017 All Ireland Programming Olympiad


Thursday, February 16, 2017 




Final Call for  2017 All Ireland Programming Olympiad

Challenge yourself with the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad!

AIPO, the Annual All Ireland Programming Olympiad is held at Dublin City University (DCU). The competition is open to all second-level students in Ireland who are under 20 on the 1st of July. The contest is run as part of the Science Olympiads at DCU.

High Spec laptops are up for grabs for Junior (<15yrs) and Senior programmers (>=15yrs) at the National Finals on Saturday 25th February.

Top Seniors will be invited to a special 3-day training camp in DCU to prepare them to represent Ireland at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Summer 2017.

  • Code for fun?
  • Good at Maths?
  • Challenge yourself with the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad!

LAST chance to enter ... 

The goals of the Programming Olympiad competition are:

  • To encourage and reward young programmers, (both male and female).
  • To promote contacts among programmers in Ireland.
  • To select a team for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

Check out the entry problems here 

The first round is done online. Computer programming tasks are published on the website and solutions are submitted through the site. After the deadline, contestants are informed by email if they have qualified for the final round.

The final round takes place in the School of Computing, DCU on a Satuday in February. Finalists will be assigned to individual computers and given 5 hours to solve a selection of programming tasks. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded to the best programmers.

The top eight students from the Finals will be invited to attend a 3 day IOI training camp here in DCU (accommodation provided) during the month of June. From these eight students the top four students will that will travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to the international contest to compete against countries from all over the world.

Previous contests have taken place in the USA, Poland, China, Croatia and Mexico. Although countries are represented by teams of (at most) four people, it is an individual contest and medals are awarded on that basis.

Closing date: Thursday 23rd February

For full details on the competition and application click here

The CareersPortal Team