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 Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Options after School

Leaving school is one of the major milestones for all students, and choosing what to do next is not always an easy decision. Most students will continue their education or enter training of some form, and some of the many pathways are shown below.

The majority of students will go on the Higher education (through the CAO) and Further education (PLC or FETCH training courses).

Opportunities for apprenticeships and training roles are now changing and widening to include degree level occupational apprenticeship options. There is also evidence that more students are studying abroad now than in the past.

Most of the available Education and Training options can be seen from the diagram below:


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Click on the icons below for further career and progression information in each area:

Apprenticeships - This is the route by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
STATE BODIES
Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland
BIM - the State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Seafood Industry in Ireland
Coillte - commercial company operating state forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products.
SOLAS - the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána - The Irish police service responsible for law enforcement
The Defence Forces - responsible for the security of the State
Occupational Apprenticeships

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is a three-year nationwide programme and is one of the best ways to begin a career in insurance.

This ‘earn and learn’ scheme allows career starters to begin working in an insurance company straight away, earn a salary and work towards a degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

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