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Marie O'Donovan, Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country. She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
The most relelvant subjects to my college course which I choose for my leaving certificate were physics & chemistry.
I also had honours maths which was essential along with one science subject for entry into my college course.
These three subjects have been a useful back up throughout my career so far.
I think I choose well, the one thing I would change about my choices would be to do technical drawing.
After completing my Leaving Certificate, I then studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course.
I completed the Institute of Quarrying's 'Quarry Management' course in Doncaster, this course was completed in one year as some subjects were exempt as they were covered in my engineering degree.
In my present role as Environmental Officer the environmental section of my degree course has been a good background to start from.
Also the environmantal module of the Qaurrying course was very relevant to my job and has been a source of reference to me.
In my previous roles in CRH I have found that the knowledge of building materials from my college course was a distinct advantage as a graduate.
Since graduating I have completed a Company Graduate Development Program and travelled to the UK to attended exams for a Quarry Managment course.
This year I hope to complete an environmental noise monitoring course.