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 Natasha Ibanez from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Natasha Ibanez

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Natasha Ibanez
An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Leaving Cert 2017

Key Dates

First things first - familiarise yourself with the Key Dates over the Leaving Cert and CAO Application and Offers period. 

Download and print a list of Key Dates

These dates may be amended - watch out for information updates. A full list key of dates is available from the SEC.

Important information for applicants

  1. Do not panic. If you have followed the few simple CAO instructions, you will not lose any place to which you are entitled.
  2. Read the CAO HandbookESPECIALLY PAGES 17 to 21.
  3. Read the documents sent by CAO in May.
  4. Do not miss the deadline for accepting the offer. If you do, the place will be offered to another applicant.
  5. There is no need to inform CAO if you do NOT wish to accept an offer.
  6. Due to the large numbers of people involved, it will be very difficult to telephone or fax the CAO at the Offer Stage. However, with every Offer Notice, applicants are given an information sheet. Applicants are advised to read the common questions and answers on the back of the information sheet. All written enquiries received from applicants are processed as fast as possible by the CAO. Enquiries should be made by using the ‘Contact’ facility on the CAO website.
  7. When calculating points for Leaving Certificate, remember that only your best 6 subjects are counted.
  8. Acceptance of offers cannot be made by telephone, fax or email. Only (a) an online acceptance, or (b) the arrival in CAO of the appropriate part of an Offer Notice, will secure a place. DO NOT DO BOTH. If you accept both ways, you could end up in the wrong course. We will record the last acceptance to arrive.
  9. When making an online acceptance, make sure that you follow ALL of the directions on the screen. If you post a paper acceptance, be sure to get a Certificate of Posting. There are four such Certificates in the inside back cover of the Handbook.
  10. If you wish to defer the place until next year, read page 20 of the Handbook. Do not contact CAO.


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