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.

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Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Agriculture is of major importance in the Irish economy and represents the art and science of growing plants and the raising of animals for food, other human needs, or economic gain. The agri-food sector contributes significantly to Ireland’s GDP, employment and exports. Most Irish farms are family operated, with the farmer being the owner, manager and provider of much of the labour.

The course develops farming, business and management skills to enable graduates to follow careers as successful commercial farmers or in the agribusiness sector. 

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From College Website...
CR010 - Agriculture
Cork Institute of Technology

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CR010 - Agriculture
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C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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The course develops farming, business and management skills to enable graduates to follow careers as successful commercial farmers or in the agri-business sector.

It will provide graduates with the skills they will need to be able to participate actively in policy decisions – whether they are local, regional or international – which will influence their profession and its role in a modern economy.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Farm Manager
• Agricultural Consultant
• Sales Representative
• Retail Management

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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food

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