Work hard, push your boundaries, have belief in your abilities, set personal goals and seek feedback. For those who have not completed a college degree or third level education – seek a career path that will give you the opportunity to further your education and learning.
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
All over Ireland, lots of people are returning to learning and improving their reading, writing and maths. They are people who want to catch up on what they missed at school, parents who want to help children with their homework and those who would simply like to write a letter home. Whatever the reason for going back to learning, the benefits are always the same. Not only do people improve their old skills, but they also gain the confidence to learn new ones.
Currently in Ireland there are over 57,000 adults attending literacy courses nationwide. This service is mainly provided by the ETB Adult Literacy Services and is highly dependent on volunteers giving up 2 – 3 hours a week to tutor. At the moment there are 4,000 volunteer tutors providing one-to-one literacy tuition to adults with reading and writing difficulties.
If you are interested, or know someone else who could benefit from a course contact your local Adult Education Officer (AEO) in your nearest ETB (Education and Training Board) for advice.
In the past literacy was considered to be the ability to read and write. Today the meaning of literacy has changed to reflect changes in society and the skills needed by individuals to participate fully in society. It involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate and handle information.
The aim of NALA’s Distance Learning Service is to provide high quality free distance learning opportunities targeted at improving literacy without regards to social, economic and cultural backgrounds and taking account of all levels of technical ability.
www.writeon.ie is NALA’s interactive web site to help people improve their reading, writing and numbers skills online. The content is pitched at QQI Level 2 and Level 3. Users can study at the own pace and in their own time to improve their skills or get a national qualification. Users of the site can have their skills assessed across a number of areas and then be prescribed an individual learning plan to improve these areas. At the end of the learning phase, users are presented with an opportunity to have their skills assessed and request a national qualification. This is the first time that accreditation at this level has been offered in Ireland using the Internet.
Freephone Literacy Support
The freephone support line is operational throughout the year and is staffed by experienced operators who can identify learner’s needs and advise them on literacy services available to them. Much of the work carried out on the phone involves listening to caller’s previous and often negative experience of education and reassuring them that adult education is a very positive experience.
Following this callers are usually referred to their local ETB literacy service for one-to-one or group tuition; linked with a literacy tutor who will tutor them over the phone; and/ or posted relevant material.
I have taken part in a number of on-the-job courses for sales training, presentation skills, revenue management etc. I hope in the future to complete a Masters in Marketing, but to also continue taking small courses throughout the year to keep learning and developing my skills.