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 Peter LaComber from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)

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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Places still available on FREE Springboard+ Courses

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Places still available on FREE Springboard+ Courses

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 

Places still available on FREE Springboard+ Courses

Eligibility for more than 200 Springboard+ courses was broadened in 2017 to allow applications from people on homemaking duties wishing to return to the workforce.

To date, over 300 homemakers have availed of the opportunity to enrol in free higher education courses in areas where there are significant skills shortages in Ireland including Business, Entrepreneurship, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing.

Around 28,000 people have been supported under the National Training Fund to take part in Springboard+ courses in a range of sectors since 2011.

Initially Springboard+ was aimed solely at unemployed people to help them enhance their skillset and improve their chances of getting back to work. Access has now been further widened to include both self-employed and employed people wanting to reskill or upskill.

New courses commencing this autumn were announced in May with an estimated 6,500 places available, and homemakers eligible for the first time. The majority of courses have now commenced. To date, 4,491 have accepted places on over 208 courses, representing a 90% fill rate.

Some courses are still open for application - Full details can be found here

The CareersPortal Team