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 Sinead O'Hara from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sinead O'Hara

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  Sinead O'Hara

First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.


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Agri - Environmental Sciences

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 years
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This course is suited to those who have a passion for the environment and in particular how agriculture can interact with it both in positive and negative ways.

This degree focuses on sustainable management of natural resources (plants, animals, air, soils and water) within the context of agriculture and other land-based industries, and protection of the rural environment for future generations.

This is an applied science degree. 

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This specialist applied science degree will equip you for a career at the interface between production agriculture and environmental protection, to give you:

  • An understanding of rural environmental issues in Ireland, the EU and worldwide
  • A detailed knowledge of sustainable agriculture and land management practice
  • The skills to contribute in future farming and land use industries, as either a scientist, planner or policymaker
  • First-hand experience of agri-environmental research as a basis for further studies
  • Interpersonal and professional skills required in a wide range of career paths

From College Website...
DN253 - Agri - Environmental Sciences

From Qualifax...
DN253 - Agri - Environmental Sciences
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques

Essential Module Requirements:
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or min HD3/OD3 in LCE Maths
And any two from:
C20006 or 5N2746
C20011 or 5N2747
C20048 or 5N1460

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Professional Work Experience (PWE) is integral to the programme. Students spend five months in third year on a work placement.

There is also an opportunity to study abroad for a semester in colleges in the USA or Australia.

Many AES graduates follow career paths as environmental consultants. Others work in State agencies that require both agricultural and environmental management skills, including: Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Teagasc, Environmental Protection Agency, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Local authorities.  A high proportion of AES graduates go on to further studies at postgraduate level.

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