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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Business Studies & Computers

Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course equips the student with the skills to work in all aspects of a fully computerised office. It is the perfect course for the absolute beginner and for the improver alike. Students are introduced to all necessary software: Microsoft Office, Computerised Accounts (SAGE 50 & TAS books) and Payroll Software (Quick Pay), Internet & Email etc.

The course also includes the European Computer Driving Licence as an introduction and with the FETAC Level 5 also offers ECDL advanced. If you want to master Information Technology, build on the skills that you have already or just want a Comprehensive Business Qualification as a stepping stone to further study, the Business Studies course is the one for you.

What will you Study?

E-Business Studies
The Internet 5N1611
Web Authoring 5N1910
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Book-keeping Manual and Computerised
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Text Production 5N1422
ECDL Modules
Internet and Email
File Management
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods
Word Processing 5N1358
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Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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BBSSX 5M1997

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