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

Teagasc

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  Kieran Magee
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.
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This initative applies to community and voluntary sector work placement programmes. There is a mimimum weekly payment of €210.50.

Community and Voluntary Sector organisations will be able to develop and deliver services locally and benefit from the skills and experience the unemployed person can bring. Participants will benefit by being involved in work and those who participate will improve their work readiness and will be able to apply their current skills and learn new ones.

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I heard of my current job from an advertisment on the University of Limerick careers brochure.

I sent in my CV via email, and recieved notification shortly afterwards that I was being selected for an interview.

I attended the 1st interview and was interviewed by the then Works Engineer and two representatives for HR.

The second interview was with the Works Manager and the HR Manager for the group. Both interviews were relaxed overall, but questions were still tough.

I felt the main objective of both interviews was to extract what type of person I was, my personality traits, and how I would "fit" into the organisation.

I was told I was successful over the phone by a HR represenative from Irish Cement.


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