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 Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Junior Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Junior Cycle in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although three subjects, Irish, English and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Junior cycle lies within the compulsory period of education and is usually taken by students between the ages of 12 and 15. The aims and intended outcomes of Junior Cycle emphasise the importance of students experiencing a broad, balanced and coherent programme of study across a wide range of curriculum areas in order to prepare them for transition to Senior Cycle education. This is achieved by ensuring that students encounter an educational programme that covers a number of areas of experience.

Students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and those viewed as at risk of leaving school early may follow the Junior Certificate School Programme.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical
  more...  Materials Technology Wood
  more...  Technology
  more...  Metalwork
  more...  Typewriting
  more...  Coding [SC]
  more...  Digital Media Literacy [SC]
Science
  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Science
  more...  CSI: Exploring Forensic Science [SC]
Artistic
  more...  Art, Craft Design
  more...  Music
  more...  Technical Graphics
  more...  Artistic Performance [SC]
Humanities
  more...  French
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  English
  more...  Geography
  more...  Latin
  more...  Ancient Greek
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  ESS
  more...  German
  more...  Gaeilge
  more...  Jewish Studies
  more...  Chinese Language & Culture [SC]
Social
  more...  CSPE
  more...  Physical Education
  more...  Home Economics
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  SPHE
  more...  Civic, Social & Political Education [SC]
  more...  Physical Education [SC]
  more...  A Personal Project - Caring for Animals [SC]
  more...  Social, Personal & Health Education [SC]
Business
  more...  Business Studies