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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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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TA322
Computing

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

Career Opportunities
3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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250

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This programme aims to give students knowledge of information systems and databases as well as an indepth knowledge of networking and communications.

The interactive media elements of the programme will develop your knowledge of topics from web design and usability to computer games design and development.

Students will receive a substantial grounding in business concepts which help place information technology in its context in the modern world. Within the programme you will find opportunities to develop your particular interests and strengths by suggesting or selecting projects that interest you.

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Due to programme updates, from 2016, admission to level 8 Computing programmes is via TA322. Students can choose which option to take from second year; choices include Computing with Software Development, Computing with IT Management and Computing with Data Analytics. There will be a work placement in each programme in year 3


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TA322 - Computing
IT Tallaght

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TA322 - Computing
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Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions and a pass in one from the following:



C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering

C20175 - Mathematics for Computing

C20139 - Mathematics

5N2066 - Statistics"

B20029 - Statistics

5N1833 - Mathematics"

6N3395 - Mathematics"

5N0554
5N0556
5N18396
5N17782
5N16654or LCE Maths

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Excellent prospects with many graduates now working as developers with leading IT companies such as Oracle, Accenture, IBM, Microsoft as well as in hospitals, health boards, county councils. Others have joined game development companies and some have set up their own IT companies. 

Typical roles obtained by graduates of this programme include systems developers, IT managers, database administrators, systems analysts and network engineers. 

Career Path:

Junior developer, software tester, analyst, developer, systems architect, project manager, team leader, IT consultant, chief technical officer.



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