What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
All the subjects I choose had a practical aspect to them,e.g. Woodwork, Metalwork, Technical graphics and of course the usuals. I suppose looking back on it I was always working with my hands and that's what I enjoyed.
The likes of Woodwork and Metalwork are skills which are used every day when out in the yard or down the back of a field fixing a broken machine. If I went back to pick better subjects I probably would have added Agricultural Science into the bunch, but other than that I'd stick with the same.
What is your education to date?
I spent two years in Agricultural College doing a Vocational Certificate in Agriculture. It's run by FETAC and recognised all over the world. I then moved into Farm Management, a 4 year course run by FETAC also in conjunction with Teagasc
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
My four years training with Teagasc have been so important to me, every day I get out of bed I have to use a skill or piece of knowledge I gained in that course. The most appropriate course available now for what I am doing is the Advanced Certificate in Dry Stock run by Teagasc.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
As of yet, no I haven't, but hopefully when I get to grips with my job and settle down I would like to do a Horse Management course, maybe online. Other than that I can't see me having much time to go back to college in the near future.