Why did you want to work for eir?
In school I was always good at the practical subjects such as engineering and construction and enjoyed doing them. I had a few jobs in hotels and a hardware shop but I didn't like working indoors all day so the chance to have a skilful hands-on job for a company like EIR was the perfect opportunity for me.
What’s the training like?
The training is first class. There is an introduction period where they teach you the basic skills you need and introduce you to the network. You are then paired with a local technician who you shadow for a few months getting hands-on experience and knowledge you couldn't buy. They make sure you are trained in both the urban and rural networks and if any problems arise the trainers and technicians are always willing to help. You also complete your QQI modules to achieve an internationally recognised qualification in telecommunications.
What's the best thing about your day-to-day job?
There is a long list of things I love about this job but the best thing for me is the satisfied feeling you get when you have finished a job. Whether it is fixing a fault for a customer or building the fibre network, knowing you've a job well done is fantastic. The sense of freedom is also great. There is no one constantly looking over your shoulder and giving demands. As long as you do your days work, they're happy.
What’s the best thing about working at eir?
eir is building for the future which gives you a great sense of job security. The people are great, from managers to technicians, everyone goes out of their way to help you and the comradery is fantastic.
Would you recommend working at eir to other people?
One hundred per cent, I've never enjoyed a job as much as this and it gives you great chances to further yourself and climb the ladder.