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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Social Care

Course Code(s):  6M2218
QQI Award Code:  6M2218 Social and Vocational Integration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M2218
QQI Award Code 6M2218 Social and Vocational Integration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Professional Social Care workers support some of society's most vulnerable people. This one-year professional qualification has been developed for people who wish to pursue a career in the caring services. This is achieved through a comprehensive programme of tuition and work-based education. Work placement must be completed in an appropriate Social Care setting. Upon completion students seek direct employment as Social Care Workers or progress to Higher Education.

What will you Study?

This is an advanced course open to students who hold a QQI Level 5 Award in Social Care or its equivalent. Applicants should have an established interest in the Social Care area.

Rehabilitation Practice
Disability Awareness
Person Centred Planning
Work Experience
Mental Health Awareness
Health Promotion
Leadership Skills
Personal and Professional Development
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

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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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
6M2218

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