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.


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Huawei creates 20 R&D jobs & Research Hub

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Huawei creates 20 R&D jobs & Research Hub

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Huawei creates 20 R&D jobs & Research Hub

Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei is expanding its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations and in turn creating 20 new jobs in Cork as part of a €17.7m investment in its growing R&D department in Ireland.

The announcement came from Huawei’s deputy chair Guo Ping saying “We are continuing to tap into Ireland’s growing clusters of video, artificial intelligence, cloud, telecoms and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly skilled professionals”.

These developments bring Huawei’s R&D investment in Ireland to $21m (€17.7m) in 2017. A new research facility in Trinity is also confirmed with cooperation with TCD, it will focus on video intelligence and how the emerging area of artificial intelligence will impact society. It will be supported by the Huawei R&D team in Dublin.

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pleased with the announcement by saying “The company’s new research partnership with Trinity, and its expanding R&D footprint across its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations, are a strong endorsement of Ireland’s tech credentials and illustrates Huawei’s ongoing commitment to its Irish operations,” and “Bilateral trade between Ireland and China is now worth over €12bn each year and, by strengthening our links with companies like Huawei, we can increase this further in the years ahead.”

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider and have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei has been in Ireland for 13 years now and employs 160 people in Dublin, Athlone and Cork across its business and R&D operations. About 75% of staff at these operations have been recruited locally.

All the latest vacancies from Huawei can be viewed here.

For further careers, education and training in the ICT sector can be viewed here.