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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Skipper - Full (Donegal)

Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Further Information...

Skipper Full Certificate Course Subjects:

  • Navigation I
  • Navigation II (Electronic Navigation & Computers)
  • Ship Construction and Stability
  • Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Collision Regulations and Safety Orals
  • Business and Law

Duration: 14 weeks full time study

Award: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency

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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture
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