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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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Beauty Specialist - Business

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The Advanced Certificate in Beauty, Business Specialist course is a Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate for those who wish to hone their skills and broaden their areas of expertise. This unique course combines all of the beauty specialisms required to successfully compete in the market place with the business skills required to survive in this competitive industry. Graduates will be well equipped to operate successfully in the workplace.

What will you Study?

Business Management 6N4310
Certificate in Bridal Make-up ITEC
Beauty and Body Science Treatments 6N3472
Customer Service 6N0697
Work Experience 6N1946
Sales and Marketing Management 6N3613
E-Business Studies 6N4485
Consultative Selling 6N2054
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.

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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