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 Martin Dunn from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Martin Dunn

Activities Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Martin Dunn
  • Qualities & Values - Patience, hard work, like meeting people, enjoy providing good customer service, desire to do a good job for yourself and your employer 
  • Client Skills - Qualification both education qualifications and practical ability to the job
  • Interests - to be generally interested in the field you are working in. I think that it is easy for people to look at the job and think its great and must be loads of fun because you get to go on the high ropes all the time. That is just a small part of the job and generally you are watching others having fun and playing on the activities and you only go on them to do staff training or to do safety checks. You must also be prepared for the paper work that goes along with a job where you are responsible for that safety of people and this cannot be overlooked.

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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Agri Careers Fair 2016

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Agri Careers Fair 2016

Thursday, March 03, 2016 

Agri Careers Fair 2016

The Agri Careers Fair takes place today 3rd March 2016 in the RDS. It is about connecting talented individuals with opportunity in the agri sector, writes Mary Phelan.

A new year brings with it new beginnings. If you are looking for a new career, look no further than the Irish Farmers Journal’s inaugural Agri Careers fair, taking place today in the RDS.

This fair will bring employers in the agri-industry together under the one roof so they can meet those interested in working in the sector and fill roles in their companies. Those on various steps of the career ladder will find something for them at this fair.

Whether you’re in college and just beginning to think about the world of work, a graduate, or someone who is already working but looking for a new job – there will be something for all of you on the day. Various skillsets required While there will be roles for those with experience and qualifications in ag science specifically, there will also be jobs for those with expertise in very different sectors – such as accountancy, IT, HR and marketing, as these skills are also required in agri companies.

Many of the real-life jobs available will be rurally based, which is very good news for the many workers based in Dublin who want to relocate due to house prices in the capital. This is your first (and hopefully last) point of contact for that dream career down the country.

Parents and second-level students, as well as those who want to upskill in the areas of agriculture and ag science, are also invited as colleges will be present on the day to discuss their courses.

The day will begin with a business breakfast briefing for exhibitors and will be followed by inspiring and well-known speakers taking to the main stage to relay their expertise and advice as well as telling their own career story.

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The CareersPortal Team