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 Alan O'Neill from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


Alan O'Neill


Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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  Alan O'Neill
Some may think that you can go untrained into fishing. The best advice I would give people considering fishing as a profession is to get training. Fishing is an all encompassing career - when you need to go fishing, the rest of your life goes on hold unfortunately. It is very unpredictabe because you could be fishing non stop for three weeks and tied up for two.

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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Open Day

The Mary Immaculate College January Open Day takes place on Saturday 14th January, between 11am and 1pm in the Tara Building on the MIC Campus, Limerick.

On the day you will have the chance to talk to current MIC students, faculty and staff and have an opportunity to tour the campus and the state-of-the-art facilities.

As well as programme stands there will be individual talks on MIC’s nine undergraduate programmes including a talk on the new Bachelor of Arts (MI002) programme, offered in collaboration with UL. This programme now provides students with a wider choice of subjects to choose from - 19 in all.

Talks will also take place on the increasingly popular BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies programme, the four secondary school teaching programmes on the MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles and the long-established Education programmes.  Information will also be available on a wide range of Continuing Professional Development offerings for teachers and numerous postgraduate opportunities at Diploma, Masters and PhD level.

All welcome

To register T: 061 204 391

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