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 Aidan Maher from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aidan Maher

Site Manager - Grad Entry

Construction Industry Federation

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Aidan Maher
Try gain experience in some area of construction if possible to see if it’s for you. If you’re interested in a 9-5 job this is not for you!

If you like meeting with new people each day and dealing with issues which they may have regarding the project this is a good job for you. If you like to take charge of situations then this is also a good role for you to take on.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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This programme is a four-year full-time course. It is accredited by Engineers Ireland, and partially meets the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer. The overall focus of the course is the development of skills in core civil engineering areas, including structures, geotechnical engineering, materials, hydraulics and environmental engineering. This is supplemented with modules in communication, personal development, highway and transportation engineering and project management.


 

This course is a blend of formal lectures, practicals to enhance understanding of topics and projects to apply the information learned to typical civil engineering applications. At the end of this course, graduates will have the skills demanded by employers in a resurgent construction industry in Ireland, while recognition of the qualification around the world provides graduates with a varied array of international opportunities.


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