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 Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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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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The Garda Reserve is a voluntary, unpaid body, drawn from the community to assist the existing Service at times when extra personnel are required. Garda reserve members have limited Garda powers while on duty. Reserve members are accompanied at all times by full-time members of the Force.

"The mission of the Garda Reserve is to provide an efficient response and a quality service at all times and to enhance partnership between An Garda Síochána and the local community."

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The role of the Garda Reserve is to provide local patrols and to participate in crime prevention initiatives targeted at specific local problem areas. Reservists perform policing duties, as determined by the Commissioner.

Duties of a Garda Reserve

Community Engagement and Public Safety
Working with and being part of the community is one of An Garda Síochána's biggest strengths. We want every Reserve member to make a connection with their local community, to develop an understanding of its needs and how we can make it better. Duties include:
  • Community / Neighbourhood Policing.
  • Foot patrol, accompanied by a full time member of the Garda service.
  • Station duty, other than the care and custody of prisoners.
  • Station orderly.
  • Communications room duty, to include monitoring CCTV.
  • Duty at the outer cordon of major events such as festivals and major sporting events.
Confronting Crime 
Crime prevention is the main priority of An Garda Síochána. Operations are currently focused on high visability patrolling, targeting criminals and preventing crime from happening. Garda Reserve members assist with:
  • Static security duty.
  • Giving evidence in court.
  • Serving Summonses.
Roads Policing
Working in conjunction with other agencies and the public, road deaths and serious collisions are a priority for An Garda Síochána. The priority in this area is to ensure Ireland has the safest roads possible. Garda Reserve members assist with:
  • Road Traffic checkpoint duties, accompanied by a full time member.
  • Issue of FCPS notices where offences are detected.
  • Assisting in the event of accidents, fires and major emergencies.

The first intake of 36 Garda Reserves began training at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary on 30 September 2006. They were assigned to Pearse Street and Store Street in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, Anglesea Street in Cork City, Galway City and Sligo Town stations. These trainees became fully operational members of the Garda Reserve on 15 December 2006 following a graduation ceremony at the Garda College.


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