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


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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.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
38 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
(01) 6445500


Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland


The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is Ireland’s leading professional body for professionals practicing in all areas of construction, land and property.

With approximately 4,000 members nationwide, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland – in partnership with RICS, the worldwide body – awards the Chartered Surveyor professional qualification, which is internationally recognised as a mark of excellence in construction, land and property sectors.

In order to become a Chartered Surveyor, graduates of SCSI accredited degree courses (see below) must undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) - a two-year period of structured practical training which culminates in the submission of documented experience and a 1-hour professional interview. 

Chartered Surveying is an internationally recognised, portable and desirable qualification. The title of Chartered Surveyor demonstrates to employers, clients and the public at large that a surveyor has achieved a professional qualification in addition to their academic qualification – and that they possess the highest of technical ability and adhere to a strict and regulated Code of Conduct.


Surveyors work across all aspects of the built and natural environment for a variety of employers, including auctioneers, valuers, developers, construction firms, facilities management, as well as county councils and State agencies.

Video: "The Days" from Scoiety of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

In recent years, surveyors have also availed of opportunities in other related sectors, such as legal, financial and insurance.

As a profession, surveying requires a broad range of technical skills – spatial, numerical and legal.

Along with these technical skills, “soft” skills are also important.

Business and managerial skills are essential and teamwork is vital.

Surveyors must have good communication skills in order to express their ideas both verbally and in writing.

As surveyors work on several projects at the same time, it’s important to be well-organised, flexible and able to multi-task and problem-solve.


There are  a wide range of surveying speacialisms that can be pursued:

Residential Agency Surveyor - provides professional expertise in the valuation, management, letting and sale of residential property. – manages complex building and infrastructural projects.

Commercial Agency Surveyor
- provides professional expertise in the valuation, management, letting and sale of commercial property, eg shops and offices.

Valuation Surveyor – provides professional expertise in valuations, acquisitions, disposals, investments and rent reviews for all types of property.

Geomatics Surveyor- maps the built and natural environment to provide accurate spatial data which facilitates planning, development and conservation.

Geomatics are changing our industries - and so can you.
The construction and property sector needs innovative individuals who can continue to lead the way we work in the digital landscape.

Geomatics is currently one of the most in-demand technical skills in the world!

Quantity Surveyor 
– advises on the costs of developing all types of buildings and infrastructure.

Building Surveyor - carries out building surveys, identifying defects and solutions, and provides management and design consultancy services.

Property & Facilities Management Surveyor – provides professional management services for residential and commercial multi-unit developments and facilities.

Planning & Development Surveyor
 – manages the proposals to develop new or refurbish existing buildings

Arts & Antiques Surveyor - provides professional expertise in the valuation, and sale of arts and antiques.

Minerals Surveyor – provides expertise in the full life cycle of mineral development.

Rural Surveyor – values, manages and sells agricultural land including forestry. 


There are many surveying-related degree courses nationwide, and the content of these courses reflects the diversity of skills required of a surveyor – graduates leave college with a high level of both technical and professional practice skills.

A high majority have traditionally found work within their chosen field – both in Ireland and abroad.

Some courses include an industrial placement year, when students can apply their learning in the workplace, gain practical experience and forge industry links:

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Dundalk Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology
Sligo Institute of Technology
Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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