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 Galvan from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Paul Galvan

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Department of Education and Skills

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  Paul Galvan
I would advise them to ensure they enjoy working with young people. If possible try to get some teaching experience; I started out as a substitute teacher before applying for my H Dip in Education.

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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Options after School

Leaving school is one of the major milestones for all students, and choosing what to do next is not always an easy decision. Most students will continue their education or enter training of some form, and some of the many pathways are shown below.

The majority of students will go on the Higher education (through the CAO) and Further education (PLC colleges).

Opportunities for apprenticeships and training roles are now changing and widening to include degree level apprenticeships. There is also evidence that more students are studying abroad now than in the past.

Most of the available Education and Training options can be seen from the diagram below:

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Click on the icons below for further career and progression information in each area:

Apprenticeships - This is the route by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland
BIM - the State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Seafood Industry in Ireland
Coillte - commercial company operating state forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products.
SOLAS - the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána - The Irish police service responsible for law enforcement
The Defence Forces - responsible for the security of the State

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