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 Paulina Pawlukojc from Coillte to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Paulina Pawlukojc

Professional Forester

Coillte

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  Paulina Pawlukojc

To work as a forester in Coillte you need to complete a degree/diploma in forestry. A keen interest in forestry and forest related businesses is essential. Strong business and IT skills are also important. This job is for someone who is an outdoor person, who loves nature, enjoys walking and doesn’t mind the weather. A driving licence is very helpful as you travel a lot.

You shouldn’t be afraid of a change as being a forester is a continuous learning process. This job is not about quick rewards. The life span of the forest is at least 40 years and your knowledge, confidence and work experience comes with years. And although it sounds very challenging, this job offers very good career opportunities, possibility of further education, great working conditions and financial stability.

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Naturalist 
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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Other Craft Occupations

Key points for selected other craft occupations

  • In 2013, there were approximately 106,000 persons employed in other craft occupations, representing 5.6% of Ireland's workforce
  • Approximately two thirds of overall employment was concentrated in three sectors: manufacturing (33%), wholesale and retail (20%) and construction (14%)
  • Three quarters of overall employment was concentrated in three trades: electrical/electronic (33%); metal machining, fitting and instrument making (24%) and vehicle (18%)
  • Between 2008 and 2013, employment in other craft occupations contracted by 6.2% on average annually, compared to the national average rate of 2.4%; with the exception of butchers, fishmongers and related trades, employment in each occupation decreased; the most rapid declines were observed for other skilled trades and electrical and electronic trades, at 10.1% and 9.1% on average annually respectively
  • Over the five-year period, there were approximately 40,000 net job losses ─ the largest absolute decrease in employment was observed for electrical and electronic trades
  • Overall employment in 2013 was the same as the 2012 level; employment levels for most occupations remained relatively static during that year
  • Just over 75% of all persons employed in the selected occupations was aged 25-54
  • Approximately 56% of all persons employed in the selected occupations held higher secondary/FET qualifications, exceeding the national average of 37%; however, 27% held third level qualifications — considerably below the national average of 47%; the share of third level graduates varied across the occupations: 42% of those employed in electrical and electronic trades held third level qualifications (within this category almost 90% of computer repair and maintenance engineers held third level qualifications); in contrast, the share was only 10% for butchers, fishmongers and related trades
  • Almost 40% of overall employment for butchers, fishmongers and related trades was composed of non-Irish nationals — one of the highest shares among skilled trades in the national workforce
  • The overall workforce of most occupations was predominatly male.

Shortage Indicators

In 2013, vacancies were numerous for electricians (industrial), fitters, toolmakers and welders. Some of the vacancies have been identified as difficult to fill, with a shortage particularly evident for:
  • tool makers – recent developments in tool making technology have enabled many Irish based companies to successfully compete for contracts previously outsourced to low cost locations; this, accompanied with the strong performance of the medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors, has created demand for tradespersons with expertise in making highly complex, regulated and precise tools; this has also been illustrated by an upsurge in the recruitment of apprentices in this craft
  • welders (tungsten inert gas (TIG) and metal inert gas (MIG)) – specialised welding skills are required across many sectors, including, utilities, high tech and traditional manufacturing, as well as construction activity associated with the expansion of facilities for high technology sectors.
The strong anticipated growth in the construction sector will result in a strong demand for electricians, welders and other craft workers. While no shortages of meat processing skills have been identified, it is recognised that many food processing companies are experiencing difficulty in attracting and retaining skilled butchers/de-boners.

Labour Market Research 13

These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2014 
Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market
Research Unit in SOLAS aimed at providing an analysis of the key labour market indicators for each of Ireland’s eight administrative
regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-
Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills 2013 - 2020 
May 2014 EGFSN report identifying measures to build up the Big Data and analytics talent pool in Ireland over the period up to 2020 in line with enterprise demand.
EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
Addressing Future Demand for High-level ICT Skills (EGFSN) 
Study forecasting the demand for high-level ICT skills to 2018, across all sectors of the economy in Ireland.
The Green Economy in Ireland (EGFSN) 
This study identifies the future skills needs of enterprise engaged within the green economy in Ireland and proposes a range of measures to ensure that their future skills base will drive business and employment growth. The study informs education and tra
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
Labour Market Information by occupation 
Labour Market Information by occupation produced jointly by SOLAS (formerly FAS) and the EGFSN
EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) is a body appointed by the Irish Government to advise it on aspects of education and training related to the future skills requirements of the enterprise sector of the Irish economy.
HEA - Higher Education Authority 
This link points to some of the Statistical data created by the HEA relating to our Higher Education system.
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Current Labour Market Info 3

These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Irish Independant News - Labour Market 
Current news relating to the Irish Labour market.


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