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.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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College Registration

Once the student accepts a CAO course offer, the next stage of starting college is registration. This is the process of supplying colleges with relevant personal information, including photo, payment of fees and registration for course modules & subjects.

Registration in some third level institutions is done online and procedures vary between colleges. In UCD for instance, step 1 of registration can begin within 3 working days of accepting a CAO offer.

The student simply logs into UCD Connect via the UCD homepage using their CAO number and date of birth. Students are advised to change these log-on details to something more private straightaway.

In DIT your invitation to register will be posted to your correspondence address with details on how to register and pay fees online. 

At Maynooth University 1st year students arrive on campus for registration (usually first week in September) and meet with college staff prior to full registration. Maynooth University has no pre-determined quota for subjects, so there is a low level of restriction on subject or module choice.

Key Point

Colleges recognise the concerns of parents whose son or daughter has just enrolled as an undergraduate.  In the coming years, college plays a central role in educating undergraduates and preparing them for the world of work and adult life. Striking a balance between natural parental interest and acknowledgement of the young person's new independent college life is worthwhile.


My son has been given a registration start time. How does this work?


Where can I find more information about registration and other key college dates and issues?


At what point in the registration process are fees paid?


What is a module? 


Selecting Course Modules


Choosing General Elective modules


I do not want to interfere in this process but I would also like to be supportive. What can I do? 


What supports are there in college for my son or daughter as they settle into college after registration?