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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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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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CRH is a leading global building materials group employing approximately 76,000 people at over 3,300 locations worldwide

CRH is a leading global building materials group employing approximately 76,000 people at over 3,300 locations worldwide

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"I am now working on the new 200 million project called Kiln 3 in Irish Cement and have a lot of responsibilities and pressure on my head"
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Damien Mason
"Interpersonal skills are very important as you are interacting with quarry managers, Local Authority's and employees all the time"
Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan
"Having realised that I enjoyed maths the most, I was quick to decide that either Engineering or Science should be the course I do in college."
Mechanical Engineer
Natasha Ibanez
"Completing the MBA was one of the most rewarding parts of my career so far. It is a challenging and intense year and I felt a great sense of achievement"
Development Analyst
John Traynor
"My ACCA exams were the most important so far in terms of my career. These are necessary for a position in Internal Audit with CRH"
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Claire Hanrahan
"My current role allows a good mix of working time and time with my family. Within the CRH organisation there are good progression opportunities"
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Peter LaComber

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CRH is a diversified building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products from the fundamentals of heavy materials and elements to construct the frame, through value-added exterior products that complete the building envelope, to distribution channels which service construction fit-out and renewal.

CRH plc was formed through a merger in 1970 of two leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited (established in 1936) and Roadstone, Limited (1949). The newly-formed group was the sole producer of cement and the principal producer of aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in Ireland.

CRH employs approximately 76,000 people at 3,600 operating locations in 35 countries. Headquartered in Belgard Castle in Dublin, CRH focuses on three closely related core businesses:

  • Primary materials (cement, aggregates, asphalt, etc)
  • Value-added building products (bricks, roof tiles, insulation, etc)
  • Specialist building materials distribution.

The Group’s broad geographic, sectoral and product balance together with its vigorous and consistent development strategy has delivered unbroken profit growth since 1992.

For more information: www.crh.ie