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

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

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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Monaghan Institute

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At Monaghan Institute we offer not only academic excellence, but flexibility and the ability to respond quickly in meeting the changing needs of learners. We offer an ever increasing range of Post Leaving Certificate Courses. You can now enter education at any age or stage of your life. The life learning approach is at the very heart of Monaghan Institutes vision of education. On successful completion of your course you will gain national and or international accreditation and recognition for the course completed. We recently moved into a pupose built and very spacious (7,050 m2) and beautifully designed new campus building arranged over four floors in two separate blocks.

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Why us?

MI is one of the leading FE colleges in Ireland with a state of the art campus offering students the best training facilities available to enable every learner to excel. Our facilities include lecture halls, specialised training labs, extensive library facilities, dining hall, gym, sports and social facilities.

At MI our Courses are designed to enhance your career prospects, with strong links to local business, industry and commerce and an emphasis on work experience.  Graduates of MI have progressed to work for leading companies locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

 

Programmes at MI also offer excellent progression opportunities to a wide variety of degree courses at third level institutions across the country. Strategic relationships have been developed with various Universities and IT’s to allow graduates of MI to progress to their first-choice degree programme.

MI offer various student supports to all learners. Learners of all ages are catered for within a friendly college atmosphere to guarantee a unique learning experience. Career guidance & counselling service are available to support you in your learning and future career choices or progression to further studies.

MI ensures course fees remain low and as accessible as possible for all our courses. Additionally, you can access SUSI grants and gain additional financial assistance through various schemes on offer while attending a full-time programme at MI.


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