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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LM044
Applied Languages

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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 QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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This course gives students a greater knowledge and level of competence in two languages, combined with a specialist knowledge of the societies in which those languages are spoken.

Two subsequent six-month sessions are taken in an European University.


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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include at least 3 of the following modules one of which must be a language (French – E20106 - French; 5N1623 - French
, German – E20107 - German; 5N1624 - German
, Spanish – E20108 - Spanish; 5N1630 - Spanish
, Irish – E20110 - Irish; 5N1631 - Irish):

E20106 - French
or 5N1623 - French

E20107 - German
or 5N1624 - German

E20108 - Spanish
or 5N1630 - Spanish

E20110 - Irish
or 5N1631 - Irish

E20024 - European Studies
or 5N1444 - European Studies

G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications

G10036 - Cultural Studies
or 4N3400 - Cultural Studies">4N3400

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The primary career paths include translation in international business or public services, and teaching English as a foreign language.



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