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

Claire Hanrahan


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.


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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Ireland is Fast becoming a Medtech Global Hub

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Ireland is Fast becoming a Medtech Global Hub

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 

Ireland is Fast becoming a Medtech Global Hub

The Medtech sector in Ireland is renowned internationally and Ireland has fast become a medtech global hub. A government strategy to invest €5bn per year will support growth in this sector and will aid the creation of an expected 4,000 jobs in medtech by 2020.  

Sounds great, but what is Medtech?

Billions of patients worldwide depend on medical devices and technologies, at home, at the doctor’s office, in hospitals and in nursing homes. Career opportunities in the world of medical technologies range from the research, design and manufacture of simple consumables such as bandages to electrically active implantable products such as artificial hearts, cardiovascular stents, orthopaedic knees, wheelchairs and contact lenses, to medical software used to record patient data.

Some of Ireland’s Contributions to Medtech

  • 30 million people, that’s 25% of the world’s population that have diabetes, rely on an injectable device manufactured in Ireland
  • 50% of ventilators worldwide in acute hospitals are manufactured in Ireland
  • 33% of the world’s contact lenses are made in Ireland


If your interest is peaked, click here  to read 

6 Reasons to Consider a Career in Medtech

The CareersPortal Team