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 Paul Shortt from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


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My current role requires a lot of self-motivation as it is largely autonomous, while colleagues are always on hand to give advice and counsel, the decisions as to how to progress cases or deal with problems are ultimately my call.

The job requires someone who is able to work under pressure, is comfortable with public speaking, is confident, assertive and decisive. These are all skills that can be learned with experience, involvement with organisations in school or university that involve managing workload, organising information and debating would all be useful in developing such skill sets.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Round Two CAO Offers 27th August

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Round Two CAO Offers 27th August

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 

Round Two CAO Offers 27th August

At the close of the Round One reply date for CAO offers (Monday August 24 at 5:15pm) 39,832 applicants had accepted a Round One offer.

A total of 52,028 applicants received an offer in Round One, with almost 50 per cent of these applicants receiving a Level 8 first preference and 79 per cent receiving either a first, second or third preference on their Level 8 list.

Eighty-four per cent of applicants received an offer of their first preference Level 7/6 course in Round One.

Round Two

Round Two offers will be available to view online at from 6am on Thursday August 27. Round Two offers will also be issued by post, email and SMS text for those who have selected this option.

General Manager of CAO, Joe O’Grady, commented; ‘Applicants who have accepted a second or lower preference course in Round One may still receive an offer of a higher preference course in a subsequent offer round. ‘If an applicant is deemed eligible for a course in a later offer round - dependent on their position on the ‘Order of Merit list’ - they may be made an offer which they can either accept or ignore.

‘Accepting a new offer automatically cancels any previous acceptances’ he added.

Available Places

The Available Places facility is also taking applications from new and existing applicants for places on courses that have not been filled after the waiting list of eligible applicants has been exhausted – this facility is free for existing applicants and is accessible via the ‘My Application’ facility on the CAO website.

For new applicants an application for ‘Available Places’ can be made for a fee of €40.

“Applicants can apply for one or more of the 200 courses advertised as Available Places on our website. Previously published points can be ignored, but minimum entry requirements must be met and an application does not guarantee an offer. This facility is open to new and existing applicants.

“If you still wish to be considered for courses on your existing application you must place the Available Places course below these courses on your order of preference list. “Alternatively, if you wish to prioritise an Available Places course you must place this at the top of your list, and above any offers already received.

The ‘Available Places’ facility will remain open until mid-October or until all available places have been filled. Applications for ‘Available Places’ should be made before 11am on Monday to be considered for offers on the Friday of the same week, and an application does not guarantee an offer.

Read: The Offer Process for CAO Available Places

Source: CAO Press Release

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