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 Jonathan Pugsley from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Jonathan Pugsley

Energy Manager

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Jonathan Pugsley

Communication and team skills are probably the most important aspect overlooked.

In energy management, it is not I that saves the energy, but often it is folks on the ground using the equipment.

It is the energy managers job to educate by communication, the importance of doing the right things, savings then come as a result.


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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Forestry is the study of forests as a natural resource and how they can be exploited or conserved.

The course covers subjects such as applied chemistry, biology, geology and soil science, mathematics and computer applications, forest engineering, surveying, protection, management and wood science. There is work experience and site visits throughout the course.

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WD076 - Forestry
Waterford IT

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WD076 - Forestry
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Graduates of this diploma course will have the professional expertise and competence to ensure the continued development of Ireland's expanding forestry sectors.

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