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.

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IT Tralee at Agri Careers Fair RDS Dublin

IT Tralee has a good reputation within the industry for its Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees in agriculture, agricultural engineering and agricultural mechanisation.

Situated at the foot of Ireland, it offers both a level 7 and 8 BSc in agriculture degree, promising to give its students a sound scientific foundation with modules in different areas including animal, crop, environmental and food sciences.

There is also a level 7 and 8 BSc in agricultural engineering degree available that aims to provide students with a good knowledge of agricultural engineering and at the same time have expertise in management and related skills in marketing and finance.

The college has a level 7 BSc degree in agricultural mechanisation on offer too and there will be representatives from the institute present on the day to answer any questions you have. To apply for this, students have to secure work placement from an employer and apply directly to IT Tralee’s development office.

Level 7 degrees consist of three years’ study and give the option of an add-on year to reach a level 8 honours degree, while the level 8 degrees are four years long at the IT.

Studying at IT Tralee has lots of perks. It is only 10 minutes from the sea, with Tralee itself a lively tourist spot, located in a beautiful part of Ireland.

The Agri Careers exhibition at the RDS on Thursday, March 30th 2017 promises to showcase and highlight agricultural careers in Ireland today. Kick start your agri-related career by registering now to confirm attendance. For employers also, this exhibition promises to bring together the most promising and relevant applicant base for your agri-recruitment requirements. Keep an eye on www.agricareers.ie for announcements of exhibitors, speakers and much more.

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