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 Luke Drea from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:


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The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is more of a life style than a job.

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.
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HGV Driver

This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes will be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council at the end of May 2016 with training to be available from September 2016 or January 2017.

Proposer / provider: Irish Road Haulage Association

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This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.

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Being accepted on this proposed Apprenticeship will require a job seeker to first secure an “Apprenticeship Contract” with an approved organisation / employer.

As details of approved organisations become available, they will be included here.

Each approved organisation will determine the particular salary structure for the apprenticeship, which will be communicated at contract negotiation stage with the proposed candidate. 

There will be no difference in rate-of-pay between the time an apprentice spends on-the-job and time in training.

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