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 Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Kieran Magee

Farm Manager - Dry Stock

Teagasc

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  Kieran Magee
Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.
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DN250 NPF
Agricultural Science

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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.

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The core science subjects are studied by all agricultural science students until the second year, at which stage they select their major degree options, which include breeding and seed production, animal biology, farming business and rural development, environmental science, food science, engineering technology, horticultural science, landscape horticulture, and forestry.
The difference between this course and the more specialised Agricultural Science courses is that there is no guaranteed of the specialisation of your choice through this route.
This course is likely the best route for those who are unsure of what the specialist areas are.


 
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DN250 NPF - Agricultural Science
UCD (NUI)

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DN250 NPF - Agricultural Science
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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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Various careers include enterprise management in the food and agriculture related industry, technical service and consultancy, landscape design and management, research, education, marketing, communications, and primary production of quality food and fibre products.



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This course prepares people for work relating to the following Career Sectors. Click to explore more...

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
Animals & Veterinary Science
Earth Science & Environment

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